3 - 4 years understanding the world
3-4 years: understanding the world

Your pre-schooler has an extremely rich interior life and spends a lot of his waking time in his imagination. Real and imagined experiences are easily interchanged and so lying and wishful thinking can become easily mixed up.


Developmental milestones include:


  • Understanding that his mind is his own; that what he thinks are his own thoughts and that no-one knows what he’s thinking unless he tells them.
  • Beginning to understand concepts such as about height and size, but is easily confused.
  • Showing some understanding of time – he understands that day follows night
  • Understanding the meaning of big and little, short and tall
  • Knowing who’s a boy and who’s a girl
  • Knowing how old he is
  • Beginning to be able to draw a person on paper – although you may not be able to recognise it as a person.

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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include SA Government’s Parenting and Child Health and ABC Parenting

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