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3-4 Years

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 3 and 4 years.


Children at 3 to 4 years will usually be actively learning language and asking many questions.

Children develop skills at different rates, but by 4 years usually children will:

  • Listen to longer stories and answer questions about a storybook they have just read.
  • Understand and often use colour, number and time related words, for example, 'red' car, 'three' fingers and 'yesterday / tomorrow'.
  • Be able to answer questions about ‘why’ something has happened.
  • Use longer sentences and link sentences together.
  • Describe events that have already happened e.g. 'we went park.'
  • Enjoy make-believe play.
  • Start to like simple jokes.
  • Ask many questions using words like ‘what’ ‘where’ and ‘why’.
  • Still make mistakes with tense such as say 'runned' for ‘ran’ and 'swimmed' for ‘swam’.
  • Have difficulties with a small number of sounds – for example r, w, l, f, th, sh, ch and dz.
  • Start to be able to plan games with others.

Progress Checker

Check the Progress of your child’s communication development using our Progress Checker for children at the following ages:

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