Thrilling Threes (Age 3)

Thrilling Threes


In our Thrilling Three room we provide learning experiences for your 3 yr. old. Our toddler program strives to meet the needs of each toddler in our care. All learning takes place in a loving, stimulating setting.

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Learning Experiences

Physical Development & Health
Social Development
Emotional Development
Language and Literacy Development
Cognitive Development
Having Fun!
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Three yr olds Developmental Domains


Expressive Arts, Personal & Social Development

  • Learn to sing songs linked with routine, season & nursery rhymes.
  • Explore instrumental and environmental sounds.
  • Create self-portraits and ‘Birthday flowers’ for wall display.
  • Explore different materials and media to create paintings, drawings, models and collages.
  • Explore transient art especially ‘Big group art’ each week with natural material and loose parts.
  • Role-play familiar situations outside and inside e.g. in ‘Home center’.
  • Small world train set, cars, people and animals to play co-operatively, take turns etc.

Communication & Language/Literacy

  • Begin daily phonics sessions-Letters and sounds phase 1- listening activities- matching sounds, sound walks and instrumental sounds.
  • Read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books following the children’s interests and linking to topic e.g. Owl babies, Stick man, Humpty Dumpty, Autumn etc.
  • Learn nursery rhymes and repeated phrases in stories.
  • Speaking and listening opportunities- news time, plan-do-review.
  • Encourage talk during small group time and when planning own activities.
  • Build vocabulary by taking time to speak and listen with adults and peers about experiences at home and in class.
  • Learn to handle books and resources with care.
  • Recognize own and other names visually through self-registration, planning board etc.

Understanding the World

  • Talk about the children, their families and home life during circle time.
  • Discuss day, time, season, weather with children each day.
  • Go on an autumnal walk. What is changing? Why are some leaves falling? Explore natural materials.
  • Plan for ‘Woodland Wednesday’ each week with ‘Forest school’ type activities linked to children’s current interests.
  • Understand we can grow our own food and use senses to collect, prepare, cook (if necessary) and taste fruit and vegetables grown at school and collected from environment.
  • Technology: children to use cameras to capture their local environment and autumnal walk.


  • Finger gym station- provide weekly fine motor challenges, alongside dough disco, to develop fine motor.
  • Action songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Hand Washing etc. linked to topic.
  • Gross motor skills outside during free flow play e.g. scooters, climbing and indoor soft play.
  • Develop an understanding of healthy eating, good personal hygiene and need for rest, sleep & time to think & reflect.
  • Know how to stay safe and happy in class and at home.


  • Count orally to 3 and beyond.
  • Begin to recognize numerals to 3.
  • Learn number rhymes using props and actions.
  • Begin to develop 1:1 correspondence with touch counting objects (3 and beyond)
  • Introduce vocabulary in role play, sand & water situations such as bigger, smaller, fewer, less and more.
  • Counting body parts- How many toes do we have? Etc.
  • Sort natural and man-made objects according to their properties.
  • Begin to recognize numbers of personal significance.


  • Develop the outside role play shed using children’ s ideas and interests with outfits etc.
  • Learn how to care for garden: water, weed, plant and harvest fruit from trees and vegetables from garden to eat.
  • Find different routes around area using balancing and climbing skills.
  • Create games with baskets, skittles, bowling and gutters & collects scores with tally marks and numbers.
  • Use bikes/scooters to develop physical activity.
  • Large scale model building and create climbing opportunities.
  • Explore kitchen and make portions with natural materials material’s e.g. mint, lavender, & herbs from the garden and link to senses.


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