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Your Preschooler: A Developmental Checklist: 2 1/2 To 3 Years

Remember that all children are individuals and develop at their own pace. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your child is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • Rides a tricycle
  • Copies a circle
  • Puts on shirt
  • Helps button clothes
  • Balances on one foot
  • Does a broad jump
  • May resist being carried and/or riding in stroller
  • Throws and sometimes catches balls, beanbags, etc.
  • Walks up and down stairs by placing both feet on each step
  • Easily frustrated, prone to small physical accidents (spilling milk, turning chairs over, etc.)

Intellectual Development

  • Can name colours
  • Begins fantasy play
  • May become concerned with orderliness
  • Knows his or her sex
  • Locates and names body parts
  • May exhibit curiosity about masturbation
  • Understands cause and effect
  • Attention span begins to lengthen; can do activities that take some time and concentration
  • Memory span increases: remembers last week, a month ago, last time Grandma visited

Social And Emotional Development

  • May begin playing cooperatively with other children
  • Begins sharing toys
  • Develops rivalry with siblings
  • Often shows favoritism towards one parent
  • Still very attached to parents
  • Egocentric
  • Interested in peers

Language Development

  • Uses three-word sentences
  • Answers simple questions
  • Understands role of adjectives
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education