Children are different and are interested in different activities; you may notice this when your child plays with other children. The following ideas are a guide only, but it can be helpful to know some things to expect and look out for.
You can expect your 3 year old to:
By 3 years old, children understand sharing, but aren’t always willing to do so. Your child may begin to play alongside other children, watching them and giving them toys.
You can expect your 4 year old to:
By 4 years old, they play with other children and understand taking turns and sharing. Sometimes they can’t do this and the children will argue.
You can expect your 5 year old to:
By 5 years old, they enjoy playing games with friends most of the time and understand the need for rules and fair play.
Does your child:
At about 3 to 4 years, your child may be able to make up their own stories. You may notice they ask lots of questions. This is how they learn about things they’re interested in.
Some ideas that may help develop your child’s language:
Delayed language development or difficult behaviour can be caused by your child not being able to hear well. Worrying signs can include your child not responding to sounds, speaking clearly, or joining two to three words together by the time they are 3 to 4 years old.
Your child’s eyesight is now well developed. They can see small things on the floor and objects clearly at a distance. When your child is 4, you can talk to Plunket staff about an appointment for a B4 School check.
Talk to your Plunket nurse or another health provider about your child’s eyesight if they show any of these signs.