It is so exciting to watch your child grow and meet new milestones. As a parent, you play a crucial role in helping your child reach these milestones by providing developmentally appropriate activities. Your three-year-old is a chatty, curious, imaginative toddler on the threshold of Kindergarten and Prep. At this age, he or she is becoming more independent and has begun to engage in pretend play. As you nurture your child’s development, keep in mind that every child is unique and will develop at his or her own pace.
We’ve put together a guide on what miletones your 3 year old should be reaching for and some activities that you can do to help him or her reach new ones!
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are the active movement skills that involve the large muscles of the body, such as the muscles in the legs and arms. These skills involve moving the whole body, or large parts of the body. Gross motor skills are important for daily living, as well as for participate in sport and recreation activities. By developing strong gross motor skills, children are better able to explore their environment and interact with others.
- Climb up stairs one foot at a time while holding on to the handrail.
- Begin to run more smoothly.
- Kick a ball back and forth with a parent or friend.
- Ride a tricycle (with supervision).
- Climb up playground equipment.
Activities you can do to support your child’s gross motor development:
- Take walks together and point out things along the way
- Have catch with a soft ball inside
- Go for bike rides together holding onto the back of the seat while your child pedals
- Dance to music together