41 Months Old
Your child will probably have problems distinguishing reality and fantasy, and they may believe that you hold special magical powers that make everything work! Your child is probably still loving the reading time with you and reading will help expand their vocabulary and their learning over the next couple of months!
Being outside is great for your child. Playing at a playground gives them great opportunities to begin learning skills such as sharing or turns. It also helps them develop their motor skills and find new adventures through activities like swinging and going down slides. Being outside is also a great way for them to expel some excess toddler energy and will also help them to sleep better at night. You should try to take your child on a walk or go to a park at least once a day because the fresh air and vitamin D is great for their development. Don't forget that toddler's love the rain! There is nothing better than taking a toddler for a splash in muddy puddles or giving them a little umbrella to hold!
You have probably noticed that your child is in awe of everything. They have a very hard time separating reality from fantasy. As adults, we know what is real (mortgages) and what isn't (Fairy Godmother's coming to our rescue), but a child does not. They are very innocent and naïve at this age. Your child might be fascinated by the simplest thing, like water coming out of the tap. They might also be scared of the smallest shadow in their bedroom because they believe it is a monster. Your child does not understand the difference and does not know or understand that monsters do not exist. Your job is to reassure your little one and give him lots of cuddles when he has toddler fears. You can also help him by explaining about bath plugs (children often get scared of the plug) to remind him what it is there for and that it won't swallow him up!
By now you and your child will probably be showing interest in books, this can be flicking through a book himself, or sitting on your lap being read too. Reading not only helps their vocabulary and but helps them learn which letter is which and also what items in the world around them are called. Your child probably loves snuggling up to you and listening to you read their favourite story. You can help grow their vocabulary by reading as much as you can. Whilst making dinner you could say to your child, 'What sound does the word pasta start with?' Not all children will work it out, but you could give them a helping hand by saying, 'is it a 'W' or a 'P'? If you make reading interactive throughout the day it helps to create stronger bonds with your child, but is a great way of teaching them without it seeming like a lesson. They will love trying to figure out different words and signs. You will notice over the next couple of months just how fast their language skills develop and new words will pop out each week!