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Poppe, L., Werth, L., Durden, T., Brand, G., Fox, M., Guzman, J., Crandall, L., Nelson, M., & Vonderhoe, R. (2011, November). Ages and Stages: 3-, 4-, and 5-Year-Olds. NebGuide G2106. University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


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Three-, four- and five-year-olds are active, imaginative, and increasingly independent. Learn about their developmental milestones and how you can help further develop their skills and confidence.

Three-, four-, and five-years-olds are active, imaginative, and eager to engage in the world around them. They are building skills and becoming more confident. At this stage, children have many “why” questions. Parents and caregivers can provide the preschooler with lots of support and a responsive and stimulating environment. As you help the 3- to 5-year-old child become more imaginative and confident, here are a few developmental milestones to consider.