Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

November 2, 2014

Developmental Milestones for a 5-Year-Old

The developmental chart on the Child and Family Development website contains information about milestones for children ages 0-6 years. Here is an excerpt: 


When I am 5 years old, I can…

  •     share and take turns with others
  •     talk in 4-5 word phrases with mostly correct grammar
  •     pronounce /sh,ch/ clearly
  •     name many common objects and grow my vocabulary
  •     use many nouns and verbs, including past tense
  •     answer wh- questions (who, what, why?)
  •     ask questions to get more information
  •     use comparison words
  •     use some opposite words, like ‚Äúhot/cold‚Äù, ‚Äúwet/dry‚Äù
  •     name and identify primary and favorite colors
  •     name and identify positions, like ‚Äúfirst‚Äù and ‚Äúsecond‚Äù
  •     name and identify some numbers
  •     name some letters in my name
  •     tell my personal information, like name, age, city, phone number
  •     tell a short sequential story
  •     understand rhyming words
  •     understand ‚Äúsame‚Äù and ‚Äúdifferent‚Äù
  •     follow 3- part unrelated directions
  •     recall and repeat short sentences
  •     recall 4-5 numbers
  •     stand on 1 foot for 5 seconds without losing my balance
  •     tiptoe for 10-15 feet
  •     hop forward on 1 foot for 4-6 feet
  •     skip with alternating feet
  •     throw a ball overhand easily
  •     catch a large ball with both hands easily
  •     throw a small ball overhand
  •     use both my hands to hold things and to play
  •     trace a line with a pencil
  •     draw a line across paper
  •     draw a person with several body parts
  •     cut in a straight line with children‚Äôs scissors
  •     copy simple shapes and designs
  •     copy the letters in my name and most others
  •     dress and undress myself mostly independently, including buttons and zippers

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