Milestones for your Five Year Old

        Important Milestones:

        Your Child at Five Years

        How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 5th birthday.

        What most preschool children do at age five:

        Social and Emotional

        • Wants to please friends
        • Wants to be like friends
        • More likely to agree with rules
        • Likes to sing, dance, and act
        • Shows concern and sympathy for others
        • Is aware of gender
        • Can tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
        • Shows more independence (for example, may visit a next-door neighbor by himself [adult supervision is still needed])
        • Is sometimes demanding and sometimes very cooperative


        • Speaks very clearly
        • Tells a simple story using full sentences
        • Uses future tense; for example, “Grandma will be here.”
        • Says name and address

        Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

        • Counts 10 or more things
        • Can draw a person with at least 6 body parts
        • Can print some letters or numbers
        • Copies a triangle and other geometric shapes
        • Knows about things used every day, like money and food

        Movement/Physical Development

        • Stands on one foot for 10 seconds or longer
        • Hops; may be able to skip
        • Can do a somersault
        • Uses a fork and spoon and sometimes a table knife
        • Can use the toilet on her own
        • Swings and climbs

        Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

        • Doesn’t show a wide range of emotions
        • Shows extreme behavior (unusually fearful, aggressive, shy or sad)
        • Unusually withdrawn and not active
        • Is easily distracted, has trouble focusing on one activity for more than 5 minutes
        • Doesn’t respond to people, or responds only superficially
        • Can’t tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
        • Doesn’t play a variety of games and activities
        • Can’t give first and last name
        • Doesn’t use plurals or past tense properly
        • Doesn’t talk about daily activities or experiences
        • Doesn’t draw pictures
        • Can’t brush teeth, wash and dry hands, or get undressed without help
        • Loses skills he once had
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        Jenni and I have spent our entire lives surrounded by children. Even if we’ve done something hundreds of times it’s always exciting, fresh and new with fascinated children. | G+ | More about me