Age 4

At age 4, your child might have completed these skills:

  • Language skills. Answer simple questions. Use sentences with four or more words.
  • Social skills. Cooperate with other children. Talk about likes and dislikes. Become more creative with make-believe play.
  • Cognitive skills. Print some capital letters. Draw a person with two to four body parts. Understand the idea of counting. Start to understand time.
  • Physical skills. Hop or stand on one foot for two seconds. Catch a bounced ball most of the time. Use scissors with supervision.

Age 5

At age 5, your child might have completed these skills:

  • Language skills. Understand rhyming. Use sentences that give many details. Use the future tense. State his or her full name.
  • Social skills. Want to be like his or her friends. Can follow rules. Aware of gender. Like to sing, act and dance.
  • Cognitive skills. Know about common items, such as food and money. Count 10 or more objects. Copy a triangle and other geometric patterns.
  • Physical skills. Stand on one foot for at least 10 seconds. Hop, skip, swing and do somersaults. Use the toilet on his or her own.

If your child's development seems to be lagging behind in certain areas, share your concerns with your child's doctor.

Feb. 24, 2016 See more In-depth