Having a child turn 3 years old is a big milestone in itself. Suddenly, your toddler is a preschooler! It can be hard not to expect a sudden change in abilities, too. After all, if kids are now preschoolers, shouldn’t they also be preschool-ready?
But kids develop at different rates. Turning 3 doesn’t mean your child is going to gain all the preschool skills right away.
Check out these developmental milestones to get an idea of how skills typically develop in 3-year-olds.
This year, kids really work hard to refine the motor skills they developed as 2-year-olds. They start doing some new things, too, especially with fine motor skills (small muscle movement).
Most 3-year-olds learn to do things like these by the time they turn 4:
All kids develop on their own timetable. If your child is late to do a few of these things, don’t panic. But if your child is approaching age 4 and isn’t able to do many of these things, consider asking your child’s health care provider to take a look at your child’s skills.