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Between 30 and 36 months, your toddler is becoming a big kid, with physical skills that amaze you every day. At this age, children are always on the move and love doing things like turning handles and doorknobs or pedaling a tricycle.
Your 30 to 36 month old toddler also likely:
- Takes part in group activities that include running, galloping, crawling, rolling over, and twirling around.
- Walks on a narrow beam, putting one foot in front of the other for a few steps.
- Climbs the ladder of a slide or other play equipment.
- Holds a pencil as if to print.
- Copies drawings of a cross, circles, dots, small lines, and swirls.
- Cuts paper with small safety scissors. However, your toddler may not be able to cut along a line.
- Turns pages of a book one at a time.
Play and Activity
Praise your toddler's skill at dancing, climbing and other activities. These are huge accomplishments and each one should be celebrated - just make sure your child is being safe. Here are some more tips for supporting your toddler’s physical development:
- Continue to breastfeed.
- Set up a big target for your toddler to aim at when throwing or kicking a ball.
- Be physically active with your toddler by doing things like playing tag or rolling down a hill.
- Play music and provide colourful scarves to move and dance with.
- Show your toddler movements like galloping and twirling by playing “follow the leader.”
- Show your toddler pictures of different animals and ask him to move like them: “Show me how you move like a fish!”
- Create a simple obstacle course with blocks and hoops.
- Let your toddler turn the pages of the book while you are reading.
- Provide writing and art supplies, such as pencils, markers, crayons, or chalk. Supervise the activity and only give a few supplies at a time.
- Help your toddler cut out small pieces of paper to use as tickets for a puppet show.
- Provide different kinds of dress up clothes with snaps, buttons, and zippers.
- Talk about safety rules and explain how to use playground equipment carefully.
Other Physical Milestones
Between 30 and 36 months your toddler may also:
- Walk forward and backward on a narrow beam.
- Ride a tricycle, steering well and using the pedals.
- Kick a ball so it sometimes goes where he wants.
- Throw a ball overhand with fairly good aim.
- Take part in circle games with many players, such as musical chairs, hokey pokey, or The Farmer in the Dell.
- Scribble with pencils, crayons, and markers.
- Draw squiggles and claim it’s her name.
- Join in songs and finger plays.
- Play with different manipulative toys (toys that your toddler can hold and move), such as connecting straws, snap blocks, or folding paper.
- Put on and take off clothes.
Resources and Links:
HealthLink BC: Growth and Development, Ages 2 to 5 Years