50 things a 3 - 4 year old should be able to do!

3- to 4-Year-Olds: Developmental Milestones



Congratulations, you have survived the "terrible twos!" Hopefully, you have energy left to enjoy what lies ahead for you and your pre schooler. They call the next few years the "magic years" -- partly because it seems like magic that your child is finally listening to you and partly because for your child, it is a time for his or her imagination to run wild.


Your 3- to 4-year-old child will continue to grow and develop in many ways in the coming year. Although children reach developmental milestones at different times, your child will likely achieve the following developmental milestones before he or she turns 5.


3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Language Milestones


If your child is not very talkative, that will likely change soon. Between or at ages 3 and 4, your child should be able to:

  • Say his or her name and age

  • Speak 250 to 500 words

  • Answer simple questions

  • Speak in sentences of five to six words, and speak in complete sentences by age 4

  • Speak clearly, although he may not be fully comprehensible until age 4

  • Tell stories


3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Cognitive Milestones


Your child will start asking lots of questions. "Why is the sky blue? Why do birds have feathers?" Questions, questions, and more questions! While it may be annoying at times, asking questions is a normal developmental milestone. In addition to asking "why?" all the time, your 3- to 4-year-old should be able to:

  • Correctly name familiar colours

  • Understand the idea of same and different, start comparing sizes

  • Pretend and fantasize more creatively

  • Follow three-part commands

  • Remember parts of a story

  • Understand time better (for example, morning, afternoon, night)

  • Count, and understand the concept of counting

  • Sort objects by shape and colour

  • Complete age-appropriate puzzles

  • Recognize and identify common objects and pictures

3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Movement Milestones


Your busy preschooler continues to be on the move. Between or at ages 3 and 4, your child should be able to:

  • Walk up and down stairs, alternating feet -- one foot per step

  • Kick, throw, and catch a ball

  • Climb well

  • Run more confidently and ride a tricycle

  • Hop and stand on one foot for up to five seconds

  • Walk forward and backward easily

  • Bend over without falling

  • Help put on and remove clothing

At Wriggles and Giggles Sessions we repeat activities that will help with all stages of development from birth to 5 years We also help with ideas to take home and parenting tips and techniques. To join a group in Yarm, Darlington, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Newton Aycliffe send us an email info@wrigglesandgigglesnortheast.co.uk




3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Hand and Finger Skills


Your child is becoming much more nimble. At this point in his or her development, your child should be able to:

  • More easily handle small objects and turn a page in a book

  • Use age-appropriate scissors

  • Copy circles (3) and squares (4)

  • Draw a person with two to four body parts

  • Write some capital letters

  • Build a tower with four or more blocks

  • Dress and undress without your help

  • Screw and unscrew jar lids

  • Turn rotating handles



3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Emotional and Social Milestones