Toddlers of this age are extremely active. They keep on walking, running and jumping. Their legs are strong enough to start pedaling. They love water and will enjoy their time at the pool. Their well-developed fine motor skills make them ready to start writing or drawing. They can do stacking, sorting and stringing at ease.
Tricycles: Your child is all set to pedal and it is the right time to give your toddler his/her first tricycle. Pedaling greatly improves your child’s gross motor skills and coordination. Buy tricycles with a push handle to help your child till your little one is comfortable to pedal on his/her own.
Writing and Drawing: By 3 years, your child may be able to write or draw. A writing board or a slate would be an excellent choice to help your child explore his or her newly acquired skills. You can give your little one printed drawing sheets that can be traced and colored, or encourage your child to come up with their own sketch and add a splash of color using crayons or color pencils. An activity book, which provides a variety of tracing, drawing, writing and math, is also a good choice.
Role-Play Toys: Role Play Toys helps children learn and practice how adult interact. It also helps them build cooperation, negotiation and other social skills. While girls tend to choose dolls or playing with kitchen sets pretending to be a mother or a teacher or a doctor, boys may choose cars, planes or other vehicles pretending to be a race car driver, a cop, or a fireman.
Outdoor Sports: Encourage your child to play outdoors as it is a great physical exercise and builds gross motor, fine motor, and social skills. Outdoor sports like cricket or football can be introduced to older toddlers.
Puzzles: By now your child may be able to assemble a 5 or 6 piece puzzles. Join your child in putting them together and help your little one develop his or her problem-solving and cognitive skills.