Language Development Toddlers 3-4 Years Old

This year if full of language growth, both receptively and expressively. With the games listed below, you can easily target your child’s speech and language development through daily interactions.

Before you get started, review the speech and language milestones for children 3-4 years old.

Speech & Language Milestones: 3-4 Years

Expressive Language

Receptive Language


  • Uses about 500 words 
  • Speaks with 4+ word phrases 
  • Talks about  events with a  simple story structure 
  • Uses regular past tense verbs 
  • Uses possessive –s: mommy’s keys 
  • Recognizes songs and can sing them
  • Understands 900 words 
  • Knows colors 
  • Answers age appropriate yes/no questions 
  • Answers simple WH questions: who, what, where, what doing 
  • NG (i.e., running) 
  • 80% intelligible to unfamiliar listeners

If you want a checklist to print and keep track of progress, please clink on the link: Toddler 3-4 Years Old Speech and Language Milestone Checklist

Toddler Language Learning Techniques
3-4 Years Old

Articulation: Speech Skills

The sounds below should be mastered by three years of age. This includes saying the sounds correctly in the beginning, middle, and end of words. 

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By 3.5 years of age, your child should be able to identify and name colors. If not, there are simple ways to learn this skill throughout the day. The key to learning colors is to keep it natural.

Click the link below to explore some new ideas. 

Color Games

Grammar Time

By 4 years of age, a child should be able to use regular past tense verbs and the possessive ‘s’ correctly in conversational speech

For a quick grammar review:

  • Regular Past Tense: The regular past tense are verbs that have the -ed ending for the past tense, i.e. played, climbed, listened.
  • Possessive S: The possessive S shows that something belongs to someone, i.e., mommy's keys, daddy's phone, girl's bike

There are easy ways to practice these skills. Click below:

WH Questions

The ability to answer WH questions is a very important academic and social skill. However, this can be difficult for some children to learn. They need to be directly taught what each question is asking. The good is easy to do!

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Simple Story Structure

The VERY important skill of narrative or story structure begins at this age. This skill is crucial for reading comprehension and expressive language abilities. By 4 years of age, a child should be able tell who a story is about, where it takes place, and what happens.

Click below to learn how to practice this important skill now!

Phonemic Awareness

Rhyming is one of the first phonological/pre-reading skills to develop. We have created some easy ways to work on rhyming.

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Vocabulary Learning

I saved the best for last! Vocabulary learning!! This is one of the most important language skills since it is the foundation for both expressive and receptive language abilities and communication in general. Children sometimes create splinter skills in this department or don’t fully grasp what it is to learn a vocabulary word. Luckily, you are here and your child is going to start off on the right foot!

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