4-5 Years Milestones

Gross Motor
  • Balances on one foot for five seconds or longer
  • Jumps forward with feet together
  • Performs a somersault (forward roll)
  • Swings and climbs
  • Possibly skips
Fine Motor
  • Draws a person with body parts (about 7 parts)
  • Dresses and undresses without assistance
  • Uses a fork, a spoon, and sometimes a table knife
  • Usually cares for own toilet needs
  • Snaps fingers
  • Copies diagonal strokes
  • Colors within the lines
  • Dynamic tripod improved and used consistently
  • Builds gate as demonstrated with blocks
  • Speaks sentences of more than 5 words
  • Uses future tense
  • Tells long stories with details
  • Says address
  • Names at least four colors
  • Says what to do when a person is tired, hungry, or cold
Personal and Social
  • Asks a lot of questions
  • Can count five or more objects
  • Better understands the concept of time
  • Knows about things used every day in the home
  • Plays board games and card games
  • Wants to please friends and be similar to friends
  • Is more willing to agree to the rules
  • Likes to sing, dance, and act
  • Shows more independence
Other Characteristics and Behaviors to Expect
  • Is aware of gender differences — knows boy from girl
  • Is able to distinguish fantasy from reality
  • Is sometimes stubborn, demanding and very cooperative
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