3 to 5 years
Children between ages 3 to 5 years are likely to show more confidence, having moved from a wobbly toddler to a young child with more muscle. Their fine motor skills also become more controlled. Tamariki learn best when they're relaxed and having fun.
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Tamaiti is becoming aware that they're a unique individual. They'll be working out friendships and how relationships work. Their awareness increases about other people's feelings.
Tamaiti is developing more control of their body and strength in their muscles. They may also go through a growth spurt. Their skills will consolidate through repeated practice.
Language and communication
Although language ability varies, by the age of 3 many will be using 4-word sentences. Their vocabulary increases depending on the amount and quality of the language they hear.
Play and learning
At ages 3 to 5 activities can seem more like miniature adult activities, and a child's sense of humour is developing as they are learning about how things 'ought' to be.