Increasing word power
By three years old most children will be saying lots more words and you will notice that they use new words almost daily.
This is an exciting time and children will be asking endless questions to help them learn and find out everything about their world.
They might use four words in a sentence (‘‘me want more milk’’) which enables them to play more with other children and join in with imaginative games.
Three year olds understand a lot more of what is being said to them and they can understand questions that use the words what, who and where (but not why questions, that comes later).
Their speech sounds may not be perfectly clear but it should be clear enough for them to be understood by a familiar adult, most of the time.
At this age reading stories and singing songs becomes even more fun and interactive as three year olds love to have a good laugh.
Catherine Campbell is a specialist speech language therapist with Nelson Tasman Kindergartens