3-year-olds are young explorers. They engage in sensorial learning and approach tasks and activities creatively. They can remember and retell stories and may start to ask “wh” questions to gather more information. 3-year-olds are able to fix simple puzzles and are able to sort and classify better. Their dexterity is improved, as they learn to use their fingers and hand in coordination, e.g. turning pages of a book, drawing with a jumbo pencil or crayon with fingers instead of fist. They can run, hop, jump, kick and even climb stairs one foot after another.
At this age they also learn to manage their emotions. As they begin to recognize the causes of feelings, they may offer help and a hug to peers who are upset.