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Five Year Olds

Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for five year olds. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 

Developmental Milestones

Draws a square                                                                              Grooms self                          

Puts together puzzle with 8-10 pieces                                           Plays well with others

Draws a person with 3-4 body parts                                              Makes decisions easily

Counts 10 objects                                                                          Uses all types of sentences 
                                                                                                      when speaking

Recognizes numbers 0-10                                                              Has a sentence length of 5-6 words

Says ABCs                                                                                    Says 2500 words

Names 8 colors                                                                             Gallops 8-10 feet

                                                                                                     Catches a bounced ball


Taken from: http://www.nppsd.org/pages/uploaded_files/Developmental%20Milestones%20brochure.pdf


Learning Activities


Five Year Olds

·         Continue to collect props and dress-up clothes for children to use for pretend play; Visit and discuss community workers/activities (post office, grocery store, etc.)

·         Encourage play with puppets

·         Continue to read aloud to your child everyday; Provide your child with books about various cultures

·         Encourage child’s interest in playing letter, word and number games

·         Take child on an outdoor “shape or color” walk; Have child predict what shapes or colors he/she thinks will be found on the walk

·         Create an obstacle course that includes: crawling through, walking under, hopping or jumping over, walking across a balance beam, climbing up and down steps, placing feet on certain marks, skipping

·         Provide paper, crayons and chalk and encourage child to make rubbings of items found in nature

·         Encourage child to paint to music; Have child tell a story about what he/she painted

Taken from: Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz.(2000). By the Ages: Behavior and development of children pre-birth through eight. Albany:Delmar Thomson Learning.