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75 Everyday Activities For 3 Year Olds


What are your favorite activities for 3 year olds? These simple activities aren’t just for 3 year olds, they are great activities and preschool learning games for older kids too! Don’t miss my new book Everyday Preschool, it’s the best book for parents who want to make sure their child is learning every day.


Finding the right activities for 3 year olds should be easy… but it isn’t. This summer my daughter and I have had a lot of time to play. Extra time in fact because she decided when she turned 3 to give up naps. With her brother home from school for the summer, my attempts at forcing the issue have been met with refusal. I am going to try again in a month when her brother returns to school but in the meantime, she has quiet time, earlier bedtimes and lots of simple activities like these peppered throughout the day. For more specific games for 3 year olds check out our post here with our favorites!

If you have a younger child check out our similar list of 75 TV Free Activities For Toddlers. These 3 year old activities have been the bulk of what we’ve done this summer. Big projects are fun but day in and day out this is what we do.

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Fun Activities for 3 year olds

  1. Playdough sculptures with dry spaghetti.
  2. Fill a table with books and read, read, read.
  3. Doodle with smelly markers on cardboard from your recycle bin.
  4. Play doctor with dolls.
  5. Take a walk and hunt for colors.
  6. Play with puzzles.
  7. Look at family photos together.
  8. Create with peel and stick jewels.
  9. Read through catalogs.
  10. Build a fort.

  11. Play eye spy with a favorite book.
  12. Eat lunch outside.
  13. Play in a box.
  14. Paint with watercolors.
  15. Play with stickers.
  16. Play sports in the yard.
  17. Play-Doh and sequins.
  18. Play The Cupcake Game.
  19. Play Simon Says.
  20. Make a balance beam out of painter’s tape and walk it!
  21. Play in a kiddie pool.
  22. Color with Color Wonder markers and coloring sheets.
  23. Water some plants
  24. Play with Magic Nuudles.
  25. Play with Play-Doh and Duplo together.

    What are some easy things to do with a 3 year old? Keep reading!

  26. Play with a light table ( easy DIY here ).
  27. Play with cold cooked spaghetti.
  28. Cook together.
  29. Play with water, rice, beans, gravel, etc… in your water table .
  30. Play with the hose.
  31. Dress up some dolls.
  32. Take silly pictures together.
  33. Play hide and seek.
  34. Cuddle.
  35. Play with stamps.
  36. Make some window clings .
  37. Paint your toenails with kid-safe nail polish.
  38. Run Through the sprinkler.
  39. Write in a journal with markers, stamps, and crayons.
  40. Go to the beach.
  41. Learn about emotions with Mr. Potato Head.
  42. Go to the library.
  43. Read with a sibling.
  44. Call Grandma ( or Aunty, Uncle… you get the picture. )
  45. Help clean.
  46. Play dentist with dolls.
  47. Finger paint.
  48. Draw with chalk on black construction paper.
  49. Go to a local elementary school and play at the playground.

    What are the best activities for 3 year old ?

  50. Play dress-up.
  51. Take markers and paint onto the porch for art outside.
  52. Duplo
  53. Play School
  54. Mix sidewalk chalk and other toys for pretend play outside.
  55. Bubbles.
  56. Scrap paper collages. All you need is some paper and glue!
  57. Hunt for magnets with a magnetic wand in a bowl of uncooked oatmeal or rice.
  58. Jump in puddles. I don’t know of a better activity for a 3 year old than this one!
  59. Build a tower out of recycling.
  60. Wash the car.
  61. Backyard nature hunt. Tape painter’s tape sticky side out on a window or wall and have your child stick what they find on it.
  62. Take some pictures.
  63. Have a tea party.
  64. Practice cutting with playdough!
  65. Make a ramp with cardboard and drive matchbox cars down it.
  66. Read books outside.
  67. Play-Doh with pipe cleaners.
  68. Wash push cars, scooters, and bikes.
  69. Go for a hike.
  70. Play with Play-doh and egg molds.
  71. Play airplane or train with your kitchen chairs.
  72. Wash windows with water and vinegar.
  73. Turn snack bars into shapes and practice using a knife at the same time.
  74. Play alone. Yes, it’s more than OK, it’s awesome to let kids play alone. Let your 3 year old think up their own activities. We don’t need to entertain them 24/7 !

What is your family’s favorite everyday activity? Not listed? Add it in the comments and tell us why your kids love it!


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3 Years - 4 Years

Puffy Paint: There is something magical about Puffy Paint and it is a must try for any child or toddler to paint and play with. It is super easy to make with all the ingredients you need right in your pantry and after your child has finished painting, place it in the microwave for the magic to happen…….It is SO much FUN!! Read more……

Jelly Play Dough Critters: Recently I shared a recipe for Jelly Play Dough; this is what we did with it! We created some funny Jelly Play Dough Critters, frogs, owls, funny faces, monsters and a little kitten. The ideas and the imagination are endless. Read more…..

What is Hiding in Our Jelly?:  Hiding items inside some jelly for kids to squish and squeeze to find them.   Fun sensory activity for finding numbers, alphabet letters and animals hiding in the jelly.  Read more……

Create a Spring Play Dough Garden: Here is a great spring theme activity for the kids, creating a Spring Play Dough Garden. The play dough has been scented with a herbal shampoo to smell like flowers and is textured with small coloured flower petals. It is a great activity for kids to explore their creativity and imagination as they create their very own spring garden. Read more…..

Pompom Hockey: Keep the kids entertained with Pompom Hockey. It is a super simple activity you can set up at home for the kids, that is fun, challenging and exciting. It also gets little bodies moving! Read more…..

Back Yard Water Park: We set a range of different theme stations for the kids to play and explore, some were more sensory play based and others were imaginative play based. Altogether we had seven water play stations in our Back Yard Water Park. Read more…..

Counting and Subitising: The aim of this activity to develop the skill of subitising by creating an environment (visual scene) to recognise the number associated with a particular pattern on the dice, with the clusters of circles on the paper and collections/groups of pompoms and tokens made to match that of the dice. Read more…..

Sensory Play with Ice World: Ice World is a sensory activity for toddlers and pre-school children involving playing with ice, water and sea theme props. The amazing thing about sensory play is that it opens the door to so many wonderful learning opportunities such as imaginative play, language exploration, fine motor development for pre-writing skills, coordination, social interactions and so much more. Read more…….

Sorting Colours with Pompoms and Cardboard Rolls: Making learning your colours fun with this interactive game using pompoms and cardboard rolls! It involves sorting and placing coloured pompoms into the matching coloured cardboard roll and catching them in a bowl. It was a great way to reinforce the learning of colours, checking for understanding and having some fun with colours. Read more……

Free Printable Number Tracing Cards: This is a great way for kids to practice writing their numbers!! The Number Tracing Cards are a free printable that can be laminated to allow kids to draw on with a white board marker as it wipes away easily with a tissue. Kids can practice writing their numbers correctly and wipe it away and try again. Read more…..

DIY Skittles & Games: Our Homemade Skittles would have to be one of the most played with toys in our house. My girls are continuously finding new and fun things to do with them. Read more….

Imaginative Play – Planting a Garden : Coming Soon!!

Play Dough and Buttons: Setting up an invitation to play with play dough, and buttons to inspire the imagination and creativity. Read more…..

How to make Gloop? If you haven’t made Gloop yet, then this is a must for any toddler or child to try. It is super fun and super messy, I am not sure who had the most fun, me or the kids!! Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture to explore and play with. Playing with Gloop is a fabulous sensory and science activity to learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid is. Read more…..

Number Sort: Number sort is a fun, hands on activity to play and learn with numbers. It sets a challenge of searching for specific numbers amongst a jumble of numbers. Read more…..

Homemade Alphabet Sponge Letters: So much fun for the bath…….and learning your alphabet too! A great tactile and hands-on activity for kids to play with while taking a bath. When wet, the sponges stick or suction slightly to the sides of the bath and tiles, making it a great canvas for creating endless ideas. Read more…..

Rainbow Salt Tray: Why would you need crayons, textas, pencils and paper to draw when you can have more fun with a Rainbow Salt Tray! Read more…. .

Pasta Play Dough: Let your child’s imagination run wild as they create and explore play dough and pasta. Read more…..

Make Your Own Solid Numbers: Combining science and learning numbers together in the one activities. Read more…..

Nature’s Paint Brushes: With the weather warming up, I have been planning more activities to do with the kids outside and I thought these paint brushes would be perfect for textured painting on a large paper canvas fixed to the fence. Read more….

Alphabet Play Dough: We had so much fun playing with our Alphabet Play Dough! It is a fun activity to help kids learn their alphabet letters and build up their fine motor skills at the same time. This activity involves using play dough to create letters in the alphabet, using the FREE Printable Alphabet Play Dough Mats as a guide. Read more…..

Sensory Play with Jelly: Ooey, gooey, slushy and messy! A fun sensory experience playing with Rainbow Jelly. Read more…..

Name Collage: Making a name collage using pom poms is an activity that will help your child become interested in their name and the letters that make up their name. Read more….

Paint Pops: Making painting fun using frozen paint on a pop stick. Create endless paintings as the paint melts! Read more……

Strawberry Scented Rice: Exploring and playing with strawberry scented rice with all kinds of scoops, shovels and sifts. Read more…..

Washing a Toy Baby: Watching Mum and Dad washing a baby sibling is an example of an experience that children copy and re-enact. Watching and learning from this experience then practising, imitating and experimenting this through imaginary play. Read more…..

Homemade Street Traffic Bath Sponges: This will keep the kids busy while having a bath as well as stimulating their imaginations and developing their storytelling skills. It is a great hands-on sensory play activity that promotes creativity, storytelling and the imagination. The bath tub is a great canvas for creating stories! A free printable too! Read more…..

Straw Flowers: A cute little gift idea! Something so simple, fun and easy to make and you will find all the items you need around the home. Read more…..

Sensory Play Rice and Bottle Tops: Developing fine motor skills through sensory play with rainbow rice and bottle tops that will also inspire the imagination and creativity. Read more…..

Pipe Cleaner Maze: Exploring and playing with pipe cleaners and beads with the Styrofoam while exercising the fine motor muscles. Read more…..

Play Dough Cupcakes: There is so much fun to be had creating pretend cupcakes as kids have the freedom to explore the imaginary world. This is a great activity to introduce and sing the Pat-a-Cake nursery rhyme. Read more……

We’re Going On a Teddy Bear Hunt: We have a gorgeous book which comes with a CD that tells the story of the adventure of going on a bear hunt. My kids have played this CD over many times as I watch them pretend to walk through long, wavy grass and run away from a bear. So I thought I would bring this story to life some more by creating the different scenes in the book. Read more…..

Pillow Case Hoppers: this wonderful activity reminded me of how the simple things can bring so much fun, while being active. This game is an oldie but a goodie replacing the hessian sacks with a pillow case……simple hours of fun! Read more…..

Soapy Slime FUN: This activity was FUN, REALLY FUN!! Kids love to get messy, it comes with being a kid as they explore their natural curiosity about the world around them. Read more…..

Paint Me: Paint Me is a cute and quirky activity that kids will enjoy making!  I plan to use ours as keep sake to giggle at in years to come. It is a perfect snap shot of the size of your kids hands and feet to compare with when they get older. Read more…..

Play Dough and Cardboard Tubes: “Rolling play dough balls down a cardboard tube ramp!” Lots of fun with play dough. Read more…..

Colourful Pattern Collage: These Colourful Pattern Easter Eggs are a bright and colourful activity for the kids to do this Easter. They are super simple to make, don’t require a lot of materials and are lots of fun! Read more…..

Alphabet Hide & Seek: My kids get very excited when we play this game. The challenge and anticipation of searching for something brings so much fun to learning your alphabet letters! The Hide and Seek Letter Hunt involves hiding the letter pairs around the house and your child goes around finding them. Free printable. Read more…..

Great Places to Play at Home: There are so many wonderful places in the home where children can play imaginatively, creatively and get active indoors. Kids will create imaginary worlds to explore and play using the most inexpensive and simple things you can find right at home. Here are a few ideas for you to try! Read more…..

Indoor Camping: It’s raining, it’s pouring…. .and we have been stuck inside a fair bit lately with the weather.

To entertain the kids and give them something to do we set up an indoor camping trip to beat the boredom and promote imaginative play. Here are a few ideas for setting up your own Indoor Campsite. Read more…..

Pompoms and Mini Tongs: In the early years, we often hear discussions about the importance of fine motor and gross motor development in kids. Here is a great activity that is fun and exercises those little muscles to develop strength! Read more…..

Bottle Top Leaf Boats: What I love about winter is that there are lots of puddles to play in. Recently after days of rain and being stuck inside, we put our rain coats and gum boots on for a splash about in the puddles. Read more….

Imaginative Play Baby Care Corner: Encourage imaginative play by setting up a Babies Care Corner. This would be a fabulous imaginative play area to set up for families who are expecting or have a new baby and for children who have a younger sibling. Read more…..

Making Honeycomb, Exploring Bi-Carbonate Soda: After making our Homemade Volcano and watching the excitement on my kids’ faces as the vinegar and bicarbonate soda reacted together, I thought I would extend the fun, fizzing and frothing into the kitchen by making some simple homemade honeycomb. Read more…..

Number Cookies: An irresistibly yummy numeracy activity for kids! So much learning happens when we cook with our kids. The social interactions, processing information, following directions, problem solving and coordination. Read more…..

Bottle Tops & Bubbles: A simple unstructured and fun sensory play idea using water, bubbles and bottle tops. It was wonderful to see the creativity, imagination and fun happen just by adding bottle tops and bubble bath to the tub.


The Nursery Rhymes Box : The Nursery Rhyme Box is an activity developed to encourage and promote oral language development in young children. It is essentially a box filled with a number of props that will trigger a nursery rhyme song, such as a stuffed toy cow may trigger the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ or ‘Old Mac Donald had a Farm’ because these nursery rhymes have a cow in their lyrics. Read more…..

Blackberry Finger Painting: An activity inspired by reading the children’s book Mr McGee and the Blackberry Jam by Pamela Allen. It had been a while since we have pulled out the paints so I thought we would get them out to do a little finger painting and incorporate it with our theme of blackberries. We made some blackberries using purple and black paint and our fingers. It is always so much fun painting with our fingers! Read more…..

Colourful Cellophane Sticky Art: Cellophane Sticky Art is a great activity to introduce kids to colours!! I believe it is never too early to start learning about concepts such as colour and that through setting up opportunities to play and learn will begin the journey of developing an understanding. Read more…..

Play Dough – Bottle Tops and Straws:It is always fun to watch and see what kids will come up with when you give them simple props to promote play in an open-ended and unstructured way.

Here I have set up our activity table with play dough, bottle tops and straws to inspire the imagination and creativity. Read more….

How to make a Homemade Volcano? Watching a homemade volcano erupt is a very exciting experience for young children as they watch and learn about the amazing power of these geological formations.

Making your own homemade volcano is really simple and requires basic material that you can find around the home. Read more…..

Paper Plate Rainbow: Using simple craft materials to create a Paper Plate Rainbow! Kids will enjoy swishing the rainbow through the air while listening to their favourite rainbow songs. Read more…..

Imaginary World of Felt: Felt is a sensory toy, brightly coloured, hands on playing, creative and great for storytelling. It brings so much imagination and learning to play times. Read more…..

Water Balloons: A fun sensory play experience for kids in the bath tub by adding balloons filled with water. Read more…..

Autumn Play Dough Leaf Prints:We have been celebrating the new season and the changes in the colours of leaves with making leaf prints and patterns using real leaves in a Nutmeg Scented Autumn Play Dough.  The play dough is lightly scented with spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, with brown colouring and red and gold glitter bringing together all the wonderful elements of autumn. Read more…..

Number Play Dough: We had so much fun making numbers with our Orange Scented Play Dough. It is a fun activity to introduce or reinforce learning about numbers for kids and develop an understanding of ‘how many’ to make a number. Free printable number play dough mats. Read more…..

Imaginative Play Wet Washing: Imaginative play washing line is so simple to put together but yet so effective for kids to pretend, engage and make sense of their world. Practising and experimenting with the various skills they will take into adulthood. Read more…..

Bubble Wrap Painting: Kids never get bored with bubble wrap, there is so much fun to be had and so much to explore with it. One of these things to explore is the interesting patterns and shapes it creates with paint. Here we have incorporated bubble wrap painting with a Valentine’s Day theme using cut out heart shapes with bubble wrap. Read more…….

Sensory Play with Sand: Sand is a toy! The less a toy does the more a child will learn! Sand is such a great sensory toy for kids as they explore their sense of touch and play and discover the wonderful texture of sand! Read more…..

Painting with Homemade Number Stamps: These Homemade Number Stamps will make learning your numbers FUN for kids as they can make endless paintings of numbers prints and sing-a-long as they learn and play! The Number Stamps are low cost, require very little materials and are super easy to make! Read more…. .

Homemade Guitar: An empty shoe box + elastic bands + a cardboard tube = Homemade Guitar and endless hours of fun! These guitars are such a simple homemade instrument to make and will bring so much fun to kids play times! Read more…..

Let’s Make a Play Dough Cake: Kids love birthdays, blowing out candles and cake! Why not incorporate all these wonderful things with oral language development, strengthening fine motor skills, developing numeracy concepts and most importantly FUN! This activity involves making a play dough cake, adding candles and singing one of my favourite children’s song; 10 Little Candles. Read more…..

Imaginative Play Vet Hospital: Imaginative play would have to be one of my most favourite kinds of play. Today I am sharing with you our imaginative play Vet Hospital and some simple ideas for setting one up in your home to encourage this play. Read more…..

How to make Hanging Crystals?: Stalactites and stalagmites are formed in caves by water dripping or flowing from fractures on the roof of the cave. To try and imitate this we set up an experiment to grow salt crystals hanging from a string of wool. Read more…..

Invitation to Play with Paint & Sponges: Setting up an invitation to play with paint and cut up sponge pieces. It is always interesting to see the difference each child thinks creatively as they explore the paint and sponge pieces. Read more…..

Rainbow Collage: Adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to create a rainbow collage! Read more…..

Chocolate Play Dough: This Chocolate Play Dough really looks and smells just like the real thing! YUM!! This play dough is great for an Easter Theme Activity! Read more…..

Sorting Buttons: Buttons are amazing as there are so many different shapes, sizes, colours, materials and styles. Kids love to run their hands through buttons, sort through them and explore the differences. Buttons are a great sensory toy and are also great to assist in learning about colours. Read more…..

Ice Boats: Water and ice are great for sensory play with kids as it engages children into a world of exploration and wonder. To make our water and ice sensory play experience a little more fun we turned the ice blocks into boats with a few simple materials. Read more…..

Marble Painting: Create some fun masterpieces with paint and marbles. Rolling marbles through paint on top of a sheet of paper creates some fun and interesting patterns. Read more……

Where is the Green Sheep? Extending the learning from the wonderful book for toddlers written by Mem Fox and making our very own Green Sheep Puppet!! Read more…..

Tin Can Music Makers: Make some homemade Tin Can Music Makers with your toddler to shake and play with as they bop along to their favourite songs. Read more…..

Imaginative Play Ice Cream Shop: The fun and joy of exploring the imaginary world of an ice cream shop.

Today I am sharing some ideas for setting up an imaginative play ice cream shop. My girls had so much fun with this (and Dad) and took part in adding their own ideas of what they thought an Ice Cream Shop should have. Read more…..

Giant Drawing: A giant drawing is an over sized piece of paper that is stuck down using sticky tape. Over a period of days the drawing grows and develops, sometimes a bit of a theme or story grows with it. Read more…..

Coloured Felt Ice Creams: This is such a fun hands on activity for kids to promote the learning of colours while playing creatively and making felt ice creams. This activity involves kids to creatively stack coloured felt ice cream on top of felt cones and then label the colours with Velcro cards. Read on to find out more and print your own! Read more…..

Little Toilet Roll People: Making these little characters is so much fun as they can be brought to life in imaginative play games. They are so simple to make and are made out recycled materials that you will find around the home. Read more…..

Sock Puppet: Creating a character or a new friend out of a sock brings hours of fun for kids. It’s fun for kids to make their own sock puppet and then the enjoyment of bringing it to life in their imaginative games. Read more…..

Sorting Coloured Bottle Tops: Sorting bottle tops into groups according to colour using paper plates to group them. Read more…..

Painting with Toy Cars: Rolling toy cars into paint and creating pictures with the patterns transferred from the wheels. Read more…..

Mini Pompom Cupcakes: Mini cupcakes are a simple, colourful and creative craft activity for kids! There are so many fun games and imaginative play times to be had with them. Read more…..

Stand Up Alphabet: The Stand Up Alphabet is one of my favourite activities here on learning4kids! Once you have made your own set, you can use them for a range of literacy activities Read more…. .

Counting Octopus: Octopus Counting is a fun and creative way to introduce numbers, learn to count, or for the older kids skip counting. Read more…..

Alphabet Archaeologist: Taking on the role of an archaeologist looking for artifacts and bones in the sand or in this case searching for alphabet letters. It is a great activity to promote the learning of letter names and the sounds that they make. Read more…..

Imaginative Play Baker’s Shop: Imaginative play bakers shop was inspired by our mini cupcakes which we made previously. They make a brilliant prop to encourage the imaginary world in a bakers shop. Read more…..

How to make a Foaming Monster?: Why does it bubble? The reaction between the vinegar and bicarb soda makes carbon dioxide, which causes tiny bubbles to form. Why does it come out its mouth? The dish liquid mixed with the vinegar/bicarb combination causes a reaction that makes the foam pour out of the monster’s mouth. Read more…..

Children aged 3 to 4

Children from 3 to 4 years old

Child Development 3 to 4 years old. You are in the "Children from 3 to 4 years" section.

In this section, we will help you find out and determine the level of development of your child, namely, what your child should know and be able to do at the age of 3 to 4 years.
What a 3 year old should know and be able to do.

This article is for your reference and gives approximate norms for the degree of formation of your child's mental processes at this age. You can check his potential in different areas of knowledge, find out in which areas of knowledge your child succeeds, and in which additional attention and time are required.

In this section "Children from 3 to 4 years old" we have collected all the material published on our website, which will help you and your child to study, prepare for the next, more in-depth stage of classes.

You can use materials for your studies at home, in kindergarten or in elementary grades.
A child aged 3 to 4 should be able to:

1. The child must be able to count to three and show the appropriate number of fingers on his hand.
2. The child must be able to master the concepts: one - many, large - small, high - low, etc.
3. The child must know the primary colors (red, yellow, green, blue, white, black).
4. The child must know the basic geometric shapes (circle, square, triangle).
5. The child must be able to compare objects by size, color, shape. Be able to compare the number of items.
6. The child must be able to match a pair to an object with a given attribute.

Study aids:
1. Educational cards for games with children
2. Multi-colored playhouses
3. Cards Teaching a child to count
4. Connect the numbers and color the picture
5. The game is learning geometric shapes
6. Video-Learning counting
7. Number cards for boys
8. Introducing the child to Geometric shapes
9. Cards with numbers from 0 to 10
10. How to teach a child to count in a playful way
11. A game for learning Geometric shapes
12. Number cards for girls
13. Puzzles-double geometric shapes
14. Puzzles-double Numbers and Counting
15. Geometric shapes. We develop fine motor skills
16. We study Geometric shapes
17. I learn to count. up to 10
22. Mathematics with Dice for Children

Logical thinking
- Development of Thinking, Memory, Attention
A child aged 3 to 4 must be able to:

1. The child should be able to put together a cut picture from 2-4 parts.
2. The child should be able to find and explain inconsistencies in the drawings.
3. The child must be able to find an extra object and explain why he made such a choice.
4. The child should be able to find similarities and differences between objects.
5. The child should be able to memorize 2-3 pictures.
6. A child should be able to memorize 3-4 words that an adult has repeated several times.
7. The child must be able to memorize and repeat the movements shown by an adult 1-2 times,
8. The child must be able to remember any detail or attribute of an object.
9. The child must be able to complete the task within 5 minutes without being distracted.
10. The child must find paired objects. Be able to choose the right one from a group of objects.
11. The child must be able to pay attention to the properties and characteristics of objects, to find similarities and differences between objects.

Practice aids:
1. Find a pair cards
2. Find the shadow of the picture
3. Develop logical thinking
4. Cards for activities
5. Puzzles
6. Pick up a patch
7. Add the missing object
8. Entertaining activities with the child
9. Playing in opposites
10. Orienting in space. Right and Left
11. Game - "What is What?"
12. Game Catch a fish
13. Association game: Find a pair
14. Game for the Development of Memory and Attention
15. Guess Whose Shadow

Speech development
A child aged 3 to 4 should be able to:

1. The child should be able not only to visually perceive images, but also to describe what he saw.
2. The child easily forms simple sentences, gradually moves to complex ones (from 5-6 words).
3. The child must be able to separate objects into groups: furniture, dishes, clothes, etc.
4. The child must be able to name one attribute of each object.
5. The child must know the names of the basic actions of people and animals (lie down, sit, run, etc.)
6. A child should be able to repeat rhymes and songs after an adult.
7. The child must know his first and last name.
8. The child must be able to control the power of the voice, speak loudly - quietly.

Study aids:
1. Letters of the Alphabet-Puzzles
2. Learning the letter A. What the beech A looks like. . Color Letters of the Alphabet
7. Lotto learning Letters
8. Cards with Letters and a Picture
9. Talking tongues
10. Musical game for the development of speech
11. Cards - What letter does the word begin with

The world around us
A child aged 3 to 4 years should be able to:

1. The child must know the names and be able to show domestic (cow, goat, horse, cat, dog, etc.) and wild (wolf, hare, fox, etc.) animals.
2. The child must know the names of 3-4 birds (sparrow, swallow, crow), 3-4 fish (whale, catfish, shark) and 3-4 insects (grasshopper, butterfly, bee).
3. The child should know the names of the main plants: 3-4 trees (birch, oak, apple) and 3-4 flowers (chamomile, tulip, rose).
4. The child should know what vegetables, fruits, berries, mushrooms are.
5. The child must have an idea about the materials from which the surrounding objects are made.
6. The child must know the parts of the day - morning, afternoon, evening, night.
7. The child should be able to name natural phenomena - rain, snow, wind.

Practice aids:
1. Flashcards Parts of the human body
2. Transport cards
3. Fruit cards
4. Vegetable cards
5. Learn Color cards
6. Furniture cards
7. Animals and what they eat cards
8. Clothes and Shoes cards
9. Cards Animals and Birds
10. Fruits and berries. Learning and coloring
11. Vegetables. Learning and coloring
12. Fruits and Berries (coloring cards)
13. Vegetables (coloring cards)
14. Unique books - Seasons
15. Insects cards
16. Dishes and Cutlery
17. Cards Game "What for What"
18. Cards Insects 2.
19. Educational Games with Clothespins

Household Skills

1. The child must be able to put on things independently (without fasteners).
2. The child must be able to cut paper with scissors.
3. The child must be able to use pencils, markers, pens, etc. Be able to draw circles, dots, lines.
4. The child should be able to trace and color pictures.
5. The child must know the basic rules of hygiene.

Practice aids:
1. Stencils for drawing
2. Paper fruits
3. Paper toys
4. Christmas tree applique
5. Juice box crafts
6. Hand flowers applique
making applications
8. DIY space machine
9. Cars with eyes
10. Book My House
11. Bus for little ponies
12. Palm frame - for babies
13. Plasticine and beads
14. Button applications
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  1. What features of this age group should be taken into account
  2. What is interesting for kids aged 3-4 years
  3. What kinds of activities can be used at home
  4. What to do with a baby outside the home
  5. What to do with a baby in the country
  6. What to do with a baby in the park
  7. How to play with a baby in a winter park
  8. What to do with a child 3-4 years old on the road
  9. Tips for parents on organizing classes
  10. What parents of a 3-4 year old baby should know
  11. Speech development
  12. Motor skills development
  13. Mathematics
  14. Music lessons
  15. Development of logical thinking
  16. Drawing

A child at the age of 3-4 becomes very active. Many mothers are tormented by the question: “What to do with your child?”. After all, the kid should spend time with benefit. At this age, children need to develop, instill in them communication skills.

Of course, children are all different in character and temperament. Someone aged can play with one toy all day, while someone needs variety in activities.

Please note! When taking a child of 3-4 years old to do something at home, be sure to be there. Babies at this age should not be left unattended. Be nearby, organize your affairs so that there is a small distance between you and the child.

So, let's take a look at which developmental activities for children aged 3 and 4 are most suitable.

What features of this age group should be taken into account

3-4 years is the period when the baby begins to realize himself. He has a more perfect system of coordination of movements, he begins to move more smoothly.

Children show musical talent, they like to dance and sing.

Toddlers can already play in company, keep themselves busy with games, they show interest in construction, vocabulary is growing rapidly. The child begins to use the words that he heard from adults, turns of speech become more difficult, he begins to express his opinion.

Children at the age of 3-4 are already playing with their peers

During this period, relationships with peers and adults are formed. He becomes a participant in joint games, begins to perceive the rules of behavior in games.

Children at this age have many questions, they gain life experience. The information that a child can absorb during this period is simply colossal in its volume.

And, of course, the task of parents and teachers is to choose such educational games that would help the formation of the personality and skills of the child, both in a children's institution and at home.

Things to do for toddlers aged 3-4

Ages 3-4 are a great time to develop children's creativity. You can sculpt from plasticine or salt dough. For a child aged 3-4 years, drawing classes are interesting. Young artists with the same pleasure draw with pencils and paint with paints, they like felt-tip pens and colored crayons.

Games for the development of hand motor skills and fantasy

Pay attention! Children at this age cannot draw on their own, but they can color to their liking and within their strength. There are special coloring books on sale, you can print coloring pages from the Internet.

Parents of artists need to be careful, because at the age of 3-4 years, children like to draw not only on paper. They like walls and doors. Drawing boards can be an interesting option. It is convenient to install such a board at home - it takes up little space.

A great idea - a mosaic - a game for creativity

At this age, children can be occupied with constructors. For 3-4 years, constructors made of plastic parts are suitable. Children are especially interested in towers and houses, which they build with pleasure. At home, you can allow children to create houses from improvised materials - pillows, chairs, blankets.

When a child reaches 3-4 years of age, parents begin to think about additional developmental education.

Moms and dads choose developing activities, circles or sections for their crumbs. Children are taken to swimming, gymnastics. If you start studying a foreign language, the result will be very good.

But you can also work with children outside the home. A child of 3-4 years old is useful to stay in the air.

All children love playing in the sandbox

Outdoor activities are varied. Children of this age are attracted to the sandbox, where they play and build with pleasure. A playground is a place where a child can play and relax in comfort.

Fine motor skills: 3-4 year olds enjoy laying out mosaic patterns and looking at pictures in books. They are interested in moving toys.

Activities you can use at home

Here are some educational activities for 3 and 4 year olds you can do at home:

  1. Three and four year olds love to draw on paper the world around them. Prepare pencils or felt-tip pens for drawing with your child. Discuss what he wants to draw, ask what color the objects in his drawing will be. Give him large sheets of paper or even a piece of unwanted wallpaper. The scale will capture your baby, and he will be busy for a long time.
  2. Before you give pencils, offer him to work with a sharpener - then he will draw more enthusiastically.
  3. You can keep your child busy with the hole punch. Show how a hole puncher works, let him make confetti from old magazines for the New Year holidays.
  4. Fun for kids and cutting with scissors. By the age of four, children can cut out simple figures. Make stencils of geometric shapes. Let it cut. And then build an application with it. This is a great activity for a child of 3 years old at home - developing.

    Developing board can keep a child busy for a long time

  5. You can give your child stencils of various objects (available on sale, you can make your own from cardboard) or letters. The kid circles the stencil, and then paints.
  6. It is difficult to force children to sculpt from plasticine alone. Roll up a lot of sausages for him - let him cut into pieces, and then lay out the pattern on a sheet of cardboard.
  7. Pull the rope, give clothespins and let him hang his things, and then collect them.
  8. Children are fascinated by working with carbon paper. Show him the technology. Be sure - your child will be engaged in work with interest.
  9. Kinetic sand will help out parents, children like this activity.
  10. You can buy stickers for children and give them an album - the child will stick until he uses all the stickers.
  11. Children can also be occupied with drawing by dots. Download these pictures from the Internet.
  12. Children may be interested in the magnifying glass. Give him small pictures - let him look through a magnifying glass.
  13. There is an interesting invention - puzzles. Pick up your baby sets according to age and interests. It will take a very long time, rest assured.

    Wooden puzzles for children 3-4 years old

Almost all the proposed options are educational: kids are not only busy with exciting and useful activities.

If the mother is making something out of dough, give the child a piece so that he can contribute.

There is another interesting activity: take large beans, pasta and some peas, move them around and let your child sort them into three containers. Play as needed help around the house. Be sure to praise.

In general, the kitchen attracts both girls and boys - fantasize, and your little helper will be happy to complete tasks.

Children in the kitchen will be happy to help

What to do with the baby outside the home

Often, being away from home, kids are tormented by the fact that they do not know what to do. Here are some options for developing activities for children 4 years old and 3 years old.

In the summer, children aged 3-4 are attracted to the sandbox. All sand games are educational. Building different figures, breaking through the grooves, the baby learns shapes and volumes through the hands. Exposure through the hands has a beneficial effect on speech activity. It is interesting and very convenient to play on the sand:

  • Wet sand can be molded into many figures using molds. For example, invite your child to create a sand park or make pies for a puppet dinner;
  • on a flat surface, you can "draw" a picture of the sand.

Place plastic skittles or bottles in the clearing and let the child learn to "dribble" the ball between them.

A great idea for a cottage - homemade tracks

There is a mini-ring on the playgrounds, give the ball and offer to throw it into the basket, moreover, from different distances.

Give your child crayons to draw on the pavement. Show how to draw cells - the kid will be happy to jump on them.

What to do with your baby in the country

It is easy to keep your baby busy in the summer:

What to do in the park

In the autumn park, offer your child to collect a collection of autumn leaves. Before the walk, prepare a bag or box where he will put his treasures.

Another variant of an outdoor game is to offer the kid jogging, for example, to a green bench, to a large stone, to a mountain ash, etc.

How to play with your baby in the winter park

Here are a few options:

  1. Draw a circle in the snow, mark the center and arrange a competition to hit the target with snowballs.
  2. Play as a cunning fox that covers its tracks with its tail. Together with the child, find a branch. The kid will walk in the snow and cover his tracks with a twig.
  3. There is also an interesting game "Who walks how" - the kid depicts the gait of different animals, jumps like a hare, runs like a wolf or a bear.
  4. Draw patterns or bird tracks in the snow.
  5. You can run along the paths of the park and look for trees that look like different animals.
  6. At this age, kids begin to learn letters - trample them on fresh snow.

    Winter activities - snowballs, sledges, snow removal

How to captivate a child of 3-4 years old on the road

It happens that a family with a child of this age must go on a trip. It is difficult for restless kids to sit still in transport. What can distract him?

  1. In the car, you can play like this: who will be the first to see the car, for example, red or blue roof.
  2. You can simply ask to name the objects that he sees.
  3. Invite your child to observe the clouds - what they look like, how they change.
  4. Prepare a box of small toys for him to sort and play with. Ask to talk about each.
  5. Play yes-no. For example, does the kitten bark? The child answers "no".
  6. Read poems on the way, remember songs for children.
Travel games can be bought as a set

You can safely take felt-tip pens and albums on the train – let the child draw what he sees through the window or depict the train. Give your child a wet wipe to wipe the table and doors.

On the plane let the child look around. It is better to choose places for children near the aisle. So there will be room to stand up if needed. Show him the pillow, the straps, the porthole, the folding table.

You can keep your baby busy with magnetic puzzles - they are designed specifically for trips - they will not crumble. Look in children's stores for games on the road - these are cards and special tasks.

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Tips for Parents on Organizing Classes

Here are some good tips for parents:

  • Your baby should be interested.
  • Tasks must be formulated in a simple and accessible form for his age.
  • Developmental elements should be added to game plots.
  • Before engaging your baby in any activity, make sure that he is full and does not want to sleep.
  • A child at this age concentrates on one type of activity for 15 minutes, then you need to set him a new task.
  • The place where the child plays or studies should be comfortable.
  • Do not get angry if the child does not cope with the task - it is better to help and do everything together.

    The place to play should be comfortable

  • What parents of a 3-4 year old baby should know

    This is:

    1. For a baby at this age, peace is an opportunity to move, be active.
    2. Of course, classes and tasks should be gradually made more difficult, but still, we should also return to simple-type exercises. For example, if a child is sick, he feels unwell, then there is no need to come up with difficult tasks for him.
    3. Please note that the child in this period of life endows inanimate objects with consciousness.
    4. The understanding of the world is being formed in the child, so try to ensure that the fundamental concepts are formed correctly.
    5. Do not rush the baby - he will gradually understand and learn everything.
    Games with cereals develop imagination

    Speech development

    At the age of 3-4, children develop intensive speech - it becomes more complex and expanded, its vocabulary changes. The sentences are getting longer and more complicated. Speech development classes are necessary to expand vocabulary, improve conversational skills, develop the ability to formulate and coherently express one's thoughts. Children learn to build grammatically correct sentences, including complex ones, use prepositions and decline words. At 3-4 years old, many children know and use polite words in speech - “thank you”, “please”, “hello”, etc.

    Exercises for the development of speech of younger preschoolers:

    • compiling a short story based on a plot picture;
    • description of the subject from the picture;
    • grouping items by feature;
    • games using prepositions - moving an object on the table, under the table, etc. ;
    • study of the characteristics, signs and properties of objects from pictures;
    • grouping of objects by purpose;
    • retelling of a short fairy tale.

    Also, the speech development program for children 3-4 years old should include games that introduce the child to the forms of words in the plural, develop skills in the correct use of forms of verbs, pronouns and prepositions. Assignments should be interesting and appropriate for the age of the child.

    At the age of 3-4, children may experience problems in the pronunciation of some sounds, so articulatory gymnastics will be very useful. You can study at home, with the help of special literature.

    Classes for speech development:


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    Motorial development

    It is desirable to start developing fine motor skills from an early age, as it has a significant impact on the development of speech, which in turn is one of the most powerful factors in the overall development of children. Moreover, fine motor skills are closely related to such mental processes as attention, thinking, coordination, imagination and memory. Exercises for the development of fine motor skills in children aged 3-4 years are very important, since in the future accurate, well-coordinated actions of the fingers and hands will be necessary to master the skill of writing, drawing, household needs (dressing, combing, etc. ).

    Exercises for the development of motor skills of preschoolers:

    • finger gymnastics;
    • modeling;
    • applications;
    • drawing;
    • various graphic tasks - hatching, stroke;
    • lacing games.

    Children aged 3-4 usually pay attention to bright objects and pictures, so it is advisable to use interesting didactic material in the process of working with children both in preschool institutions and at home.

    Motor activity in pictures

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    At 3-4 years old, most children can count to 5, understand the concepts of “big”, “small”, “top”, “bottom”, they know simple geometric figures.


    • count the number of certain objects in the picture and find the corresponding graphic representation of the number;
    • selectively count only apples or only pencils;
    • show the smallest and largest item in the picture;
    • indicate shapes in the picture - a circle, a square and a triangle.

    Tasks that require perseverance and concentration of attention from children should be alternated with active, outdoor games in order to avoid overworking the child and maintain interest in classes. At 3-4 years old, it is difficult for children to keep their attention in one lesson. It is necessary to take this feature into account and develop a training program in accordance with it. At home, you can teach a young child elementary mathematical operations by doing everyday things and using improvised materials.

    Activities for developing math skills.

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    Music lessons

    Music lessons are very important for the full and comprehensive development of children 3-4 years old. They develop auditory attention, the ability to feel the rhythm and navigate in space. Children learn to express the character and mood of music through movements and facial expressions. The musculoskeletal system, plasticity, and coordination of movements develop.

    While dancing, children not only master various movements, but also create a certain artistic image, taking into account the nature and mood of the piece of music. Dance is an excellent means of early aesthetic and artistic development of a child. Rhythm classes are recommended to be included in the training program for 3-4 year old children with intellectual disabilities and speech problems. Classes include:

    • simple speech and movement exercises;
    • songs, poems;
    • finger and articulatory gymnastics;
    • dances with a well-defined rhythm;
    • the study of musical instruments and their sound;
    • outdoor games.

    Dancing and simple dance exercises are effective methods for training the child's body. They help relieve emotional stress, relax, develop a sense of rhythm, contribute to the formation of good posture and gait, dexterity and smoothness of movement. Almost all children love to dance from an early age, so classes bring them a lot of positive emotions and cheer up.


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    The development of logical thinking

    logical thinking develops. At 3-4 years old, children, as a rule, are able to assemble puzzles or cut pictures from 3-4 parts, identify an extra object in a group or find a pair for an object, know some professions, types of transport, navigate the time of day.

    Exercises for the development of logical thinking:

    • find differences in two similar pictures;
    • identify items in the pictures that belong to the same group - dishes, clothes or toys;
    • compare objects by size, color and shape;
    • assemble a simple picture from 3-4 parts;
    • identify the similarities and differences between two subjects.

    Logic games teach a child to compare objects, analyze their properties, establish cause-and-effect relationships and make their own conclusions about various phenomena. During the game, the child learns to calculate the course of events and draw conclusions.


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    Drawing activities are good for developing motor skills, imagination, creativity, fantasy and imagination. In the process of drawing, the child gets acquainted with different colors, experiments with lines and shapes, and studies the properties of materials. For children aged 3-4, this is especially important, since it is at this age that children learn the simplest mathematical concepts, get acquainted with the shape, size and color of objects.


    • draw in dots;
    • color according to the pattern;
    • fill in hatching.

    Drawing is an exciting, interesting activity that develops artistic taste and enriches children's knowledge. It helps to prepare the child's hand for writing and introduce him to the basic geometric shapes.

    Classes with children of 3-4 years old, both in a preschool institution and at home, should be held in a playful and friendly atmosphere. Assignments must be age appropriate. It is very important to encourage efforts and help the baby if some tasks cause him difficulties. It is necessary to form a positive attitude towards classes in the child in order to maintain cognitive activity. In view of the peculiarities of the development of children aged 3-4 years, it is recommended to alternate mental, creative and physical activities in order to prevent overwork of the child.

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