Milestones for your Four Year Old Preschooler

        Milestones Ages & Stages of Development for your four year old preschoolerImportant Milestones:

        Your Child at Four 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 4th birthday.

        What most preschool children at four years old do:

        Social and Emotional

        • Enjoys doing new things
        • Plays “Mom” and “Dad”
        • Is more and more creative with make-believe play
        • Would rather play with other children than by himself
        • Cooperates with other children
        • Often can’t tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
        • Talks about what she likes and what she is interested in


        • Knows some basic rules of grammar, such as correctly using “he” and “she”
        • Sings a song or says a poem from memory such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “Wheels on the Bus”
        • Tells stories
        • Can say first and last name

        Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

        • Names some colors and some numbers
        • Understands the idea of counting
        • Starts to understand time
        • Remembers parts of a story
        • Understands the idea of “same” and “different”
        • Draws a person with 2 to 4 body parts
        • Uses scissors
        • Starts to copy some capital letters
        • Plays board or card games
        • Tells you what he thinks is going to happen next in a book

        Movement/Physical Development

        • Hops and stands on one foot up to 2 seconds
        • Catches a bounced ball most of the time
        • Pours, cuts with supervision, and mashes own food

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

        • Can’t jump in place
        • Has trouble scribbling
        • Shows no interest in interactive games or make-believe
        • Ignores other children or doesn’t respond to people outside the family
        • Resists dressing, sleeping, and using the toilet
        • Can’t retell a favorite story
        • Doesn’t follow 3-part commands
        • Doesn’t understand “same” and “different”
        • Doesn’t use “me” and “you” correctly
        • Speaks unclearly
        • Loses skills he once had
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