Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

June 17, 2016

C&FD Developmental Milestones for a 4-year-old


When I am 4 years old, I can…

  •     learn to share in small groups
  •     interact with kids my age
  •     talk in 4-5 word sentences and grow my vocabulary
  •     pronounce /f,s/ and /s/ blends clearly
  •     improve my grammar with correct words in a sentence
  •     expand verbs to include ‚Äìing and ‚Äìed endings
  •     answer and respond to simple questions
  •     describe objects
  •     grow my symbolic play by ‚Äúacting out‚Äù a story with dolls and puppets
  •     name and identify some primary colors
  •     understand some spatial concepts, like ‚Äúon‚Äù, ‚Äúoff‚Äù, and ‚Äúunder‚Äù
  •     understand some size concepts, like ‚Äúsmall‚Äù and ‚Äúlarge‚Äù
  •     name 3 items in a category
  •     follow 2-3 part unrelated directions
  •     recall 3-4 numbers
  •     count from 1-5 with objects
  •     request permission
  •     walk in a straight line
  •     try to skip
  •     hop on 1 foot without losing my balance
  •     jump forward with my feet together about 2 feet
  •     walk down stairs without holding a rail
  •     push and pull objects
  •     catch a large ball with both hands without being afraid of it
  •     climb and slide
  •     throw a small ball overhand
  •     complete a small puzzle
  •     cut a paper in half on a mostly straight line with children‚Äôs scissors
  •     paste with both hands
  •     copy simple shapes messily
  •     go to the bathroom mostly independently
  •     begin to manipulate clothing fasteners (buttons, snaps, and zippers)
  •     draw a person with at least 3 body parts
  •     color mostly within the lines
  •     wash my face independently

The developmental chart on the Child and Family Development website for information about milestones for children ages 0-6 years. 

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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

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