With imagination in full gear, three-year-olds are entering a peak period for pretend play. And they LOVE to ask questions—about everything! Have fun encouraging self-expression and rich, exploratory play for your increasingly independent three-year-old.
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 recommend a variety of toys for learning, not just those labeled as such. In some way, all toys have some learning benefits. In fact, you’d be amazed by what children can learn from even the most basic toys.
Play helps children learn about themselves and their understandings of their expanding physical and social worlds. Play gives children opportunities to figure out how things work, how to get along with others and to try on new roles.