How do 1 to 3 Year Olds Play?

1 To 3 Years

Between the ages of 1 and 3, you will see a great deal of growth and learning taking place in your child.

They’ll begin to learn a number of skills that will prepare them for the school years and life beyond.

Here are some of the learning skills your child will acquire through play between the ages of 1 and 3:


Between one and three years old (usually between 12 and 18 months), your child will take their first important steps, and from there, nothing will seem to slow them down.

Providing your toddler with toys they can push while encouraging them to walk, will help to develop those gross motor skills necessary to strengthen their legs muscles.

Verbal And Communication Skills

Over the next couple of years, your child will go from speaking a few words to talking in complete sentences.

During this time, they will also begin to acquire knowledge by asking questions and expressing their wants and needs in words.

As their communication skills grow, your toddler will also learn how to express their feelings and begin reading the non-verbal skills of others.

Growing Socialization Skills 

At this age, your child’s socialization skills will be growing in leaps and bounds.

They will begin to seek out the company of other family members and people they know to engage in group play.

They will even instigate conversations, readily show affection, and more importantly, empathy for others, hugging siblings who are feeling sad or ill.

This is a great time to introduce simple games that involve colors, numbers and sounds.

Improved Fine Motor Skills

Your child’s fine motor skills will grow significantly during this time.

Presenting them with toys that have objects to spin, beads to move along wires, and buttons to push, will all help them practice these fine motor skills while providing them with hours of fun.

Development Of Problem Solving Skills

Your 1 to 3 year old will begin to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Giving your toddler puzzles, blocks, and other such toys will help them develop both their creativity and their problem solving skills.

Memory Skills

During this time, your child will also begin to develop skills related to memory, such as color and number recognition, and perhaps beginning counting skills.

Mimicking The Behavior And Actions Of Others

In this age range, your child will be more observant of their environment and the people around them.

They will quickly pick up on and adapt how they see others behave and act.

This will also including repeating things they have heard, which is why it’s important to be very careful when talking in front of a child this age.


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