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