Child Developmental Milestone Progress: 3 years to 4 years

The following page gives normal child developmental milestone progress during the period from 3 to 4 years (36 to 48 months).

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Like the other development pages, each age is divided into the main areas of development:

  • gross motor
  • fine motor
  • speech and language
  • personal/social

From 3 years of age, your toddler will be very talkative and inquisitive. Be prepared to hear a lot of "why"!

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36 months child development progress

Motor Development

At 36 months, if your child is following normal development, she will be able to:

  • stand on one foot
  • go upstairs one foot per step
  • ride a tricycle
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Fine Motor / Vision Development

At 36 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • build a 9 cube tower using 1 inch cube wooden bricks
  • build a 3 cube bridge using 1 inch cube wooden bricks
  • copy a circle
  • use a tripod grasp on a pencil
  • turn pages one page at a time

Your toddler will now have a hand preference

Speech and Language Development

At 36 months, your child, if she is following normal child developmental milestone progress, will be able to:

  • identify 3 colors if asked
  • name 8 pictures in a picture book
  • ask lots of questions - "what is ...?", "why..."
  • hold a good conversation
  • use plurals
  • count to 10
  • understand simple negatives

Personal / Social Development

At 36 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • dress and undress
  • play with other children
  • do up buttons
  • understand sharing with other children


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48 months normal child developmental milestone progress

Motor Development

At 48 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • hop on one leg
  • go downstairs one foot per step
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Fine Motor / Vision Development

At 48 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • draw a person with 3 parts
  • build 6 cube step using 1 inch cube wooden bricks
  • copy a cross
  • use scissors

Speech and Language Development

At 48 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • use words like "but" and "and"
  • name 4 colors
  • discriminate size - so will know which is the small and which is the large object
  • follow a 2 step command, eg. get your doll and put her in the bath

Personal / Social Development

At 48 months, your toddler, if she is following normal child developmental milestone progress, will be able to:

  • toilet herself
  • play imaginatively
  • show concern for others


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When to be concerned

If your child has not followed the normal child developmental milestone progress or is demonstrating the following signs, see your doctor:

  • if your toddler is using a fisted grasp or grip at age 3 years
  • if your toddler is unable to make her needs known at age 3 years

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References

  • Martin Bellman and John Cash. Schedule of Growing Skills. NEFR-Nelson. ISBN 0 7005 1161 X
  • Mary Sheridan. From birth to five years. NFER-NELSON. ISBN 0 85633 074 4

For normal child developmental milestone progress from birth to six months of age, click here

For infants from 6 to 12 months of age, click here

For toddlers from 1 to 2 years of age, click here

For toddlers from 2 to 3 years of age, click here

For toddlers from 3 to 4 years of age, click here

For children from 4 to 5 years of age, click here

To go to the main Development page, click here

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Last reviewed 31 May 2011 

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Dr Maud MD (MBChB, FRACP, FRCPCH), a specialist pediatrician, provides health information and medical advice for parents of babies and toddlers. Read more about Dr Maud.


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