Development and Characteristics of a 47-48 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 47-48 Month Old Child


How I Move:

  • I have a longer, leaner body.
  • I am lively and active.
  • I am a “worker.” I have drive.
  • I can jump my own height, land on my feet and am acrobatic.
  • I throw a large ball and kick with some accuracy.
  • I dress myself.
  • I have control in finger-hand activities.

How I Think:

  • I like a variety of materials; I really want to learn.
  • I accept changes as long as you prepare me for them.
  • I confuse facts and fantasy.
  • I understand simple reasons for things.
  • I recognize today and tomorrow.
  • I can do two things at once.
  • I understand the concept of “three” and can name more objects.
  • I am dramatic in play and like to use simple props.
  • My attention span is eight to 12 minutes long.
  • I call people names and might swear.
  • I enjoy silly words and rhyming without meaning.
  • My vocabulary is 1,500 words.
  • I like to tell tall tales.
  • • I can solve some problems.

How I Get Along:

  • I may be a little bossy.
  • I might grab for what I want.
  • I play cooperatively with two or three children, but may be impatient in larger groups.
  • I may show-off.
  • I love to tease and outwit you.
  • I have a terrific sense of humor. I love nonsense and being silly.
  • I question your rules and test the limits.
  • I am easily over-stimulated and may go “out-of-bounds.”

Learn more about Your Child: 47-48 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


This is where you can find research-based information from America's land-grant universities enabled by



This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.