Ages 30‑36 Months
- Ask open-ended questions: "What did you see on your walk?"
- Take time to talk to toddler and ask about the things that interest him or her.
- Instead of always answering your toddler's questions, occasionally ask: "What do you think?"
- Read to your toddler often, sing number songs like Five Little Monkeys, and make up silly rhymes.
What Your Toddler Is Likely to Do
- Ask a lot of questions.
- Tell stories, sing nursery rhymes, and do finger plays.
- Repeat five‑word sentences.
- Talk to adults and other toddlers and be understood.
- Talk to him‑ or herself about recent events and make believe characters.
- Use social words: “please,” “thank you,” “hello.”
- Name most body parts.
Other Things Your Toddler May Do
- Use and understand direction and position words, such as “around,” “backwards,” “forward,” “inside,” and “underneath.”
- Comment on pictures in books.
- Show an understanding of story plots and act them out using puppets or dolls.
- Answer complex questions, such as “What is this?” or “How did you do that?”
- Respond to requests: “Go find your coat, please,” or “Please get a paper towel.”
How You Can Help Language Development
- Take time to talk to your toddler and ask about the things that interest him or her.
- Sing number songs and rhymes like Five Little Monkeys.
- Ask open‑ended questions: “What did you see on your walk?”
- Be prepared to answer lots of questions.
- Instead of always answering your toddler’s questions, occasionally ask: “What do you think?”
- Make up silly rhymes.
- Invent songs.
- Read to your toddler often.