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4 Years

Developmental Milestones by the end of 4 Years:


· Interested in new experiences

· Cooperates with other children

· Plays “Mom” or “Dad”

· Increasingly inventive in fantasy play

· Dresses and undresses

· Negotiates solutions to conflicts

· More independent

· Stays with one activity for 11 to 12 minute

Speech and Language:

· Understands the concept of “same” and “different”

· Has mastered some basic rules of grammar

· Speaks in sentences of 5-6 words

· Speaks clearly enough for strangers to understand

· Tells stories

· Identifies primary colors

· Begins to combine sentences with “and”

· Uses past tense correctly

· Uses the following sounds correctly: m, n, ng, p, f, h, w, y (as in yes), k, b, d, g, t


· Correctly names some colors

· Understands the concept of counting and may know a few numbers

· Approaches problems from a single point of view

· Begins to have a clearer sense of time

· Follows three-part commands

· Recalls parts of a story

· Engages in fantasy play

· Hand and Finger Skills

· Copies square shapes

· Draws a person with two to four body parts

· Uses scissors

· Draws circles and squares

· Begins to copy some capital letters


· Hops and stands on one foot up to five seconds

· Goes upstairs and downstairs without support

· Kicks ball forward

· Throws ball overhand

· Catches bounced ball most of the time

· Moves forward and backward with agility


· Imagines that many unfamiliar images may be “monsters”

· Views self as a whole person involving body, mind, and feelings

· Often cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality

Developmental Watch:

The developmental milestones give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child but don’t be alarmed if her development takes a slightly different course. Each child develops at her own pace. Do consult us, or your pediatrician, however, if your child displays any of the following signs of possible developmental delay for this age range.

· Cannot throw a ball overhand

· Cannot jump in place

· Cannot ride a tricycle

· Cannot grasp a crayon between thumb and fingers

· Has difficulty scribbling

· Cannot stack four blocks

· Still clings or cries whenever his parents leave him

· Shows no interest in interactive games

· Ignores other children

· Doesn’t respond to people outside the family

· Doesn’t engage in fantasy play

· Resists dressing, toileting, sleeping’

· Lashes out without any self-control when angry or upset

· Cannot copy a circle

· Doesn’t use sentences of more than 3 words

· Doesn’t use “me” and “you” appropriately

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Age based developmental milestones include speech and language, social, emotional, cognitive, movement and more.

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