How your 3-year-old might play now

    • She likes dressing up or pretending she's someone else
    • He loves to move and does not care to be still
    • She's reassured to hear that people love her
    • He begins to compare and contrast himself with others
    • Basic ball play—like catching or kicking a ball—can improve balance and coordination
    • He can throw a ball a short distance and can catch it if it's thrown directly in his arms
    • She starts drawing faces and people
    • He can make balls, sausages and figures out of play dough
    • Her squiggles begin to look like writing
    • He shows sympathy for storybook characters

I Can Do It!

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Help your child become aware of all the wonderful things she can do! This is a great way to build her self-confidence and self-esteem.

Materiais

  • Magazines with pictures or picture books that show kids doing things

Instructions

  • Look through magazines or picture books together that show kids doing things.
  • Ask your child if she can do the things that are shown.
  • Have her explain how she does them.
  • Let her demonstrate if she likes!
  • If she says she can’t do something, ask her why not.
  • Discuss with her all the things you can and cannot do. Make sure to explain how or why not.

Safety

Make sure to select plenty of pictures of activities your child knows how to do, so she won’t feel like a failure. Don’t pressure her to do things she’s not ready to do.

Learning skills

  • Cognitive/thinking skills
  • Language and vocabulary development
  • Self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Social skills
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