Three is a magical age for little girls... literally! Three year olds have active imaginations and elaborate inner fantasy lives. They love making up stories and playing pretend in their own private worlds. Assist her make-believe adventures with 'play pretend' toys, fun dress-up outfits, and by using your own imagination to construct elaborate blanket forts in the living room!

Young kids become fiercely attached to favorite stuffed animal and toys. A three year old will spend hours imagining that her beloved toys can talk and play with her. As an adult in her life, you can expect to be invited to an endless number of teddy bear tea parties. And don't forget to compliment the hostess on her delicious invisible tea!

At three, she may also be preparing to enter preschool. This is a big milestone! She has to adjust to spending several hours a day away from mom and dad, and learn how to build relationships with a teacher and other children. This transition can be overwhelming, and may lead to tears and tantrums as she adjusts.

Since toddlers aren't known for their emotion regulation, she may need some help coping with these new feelings. Help manage tantrums by getting down to her level and speaking with her in clear, gentle tones. Encourage her to name what she's feeling. The sooner she can identify and cope with her negative emotions, the sooner she can get back to playing!