Six Year Olds
Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for six 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.
Enjoys running, jumping, climbing and throwing Loves to talk
Moves constantly even when trying to sit still Asks many questions; carries on conversation
Writes letters and numbers; may reverse Learns as many as 5-10 new words a day
Works at tasks for longer periods of time; Experiences sudden mood swings
can be inconsistent
Recognizes some words by sight Anxious to please; Needs and seeks adult approval
Attempts to sound out words Displays enthusiastic and inquisitive nature about
Enjoys being read to and making up stories Fearful of thunderstorms,
the dark, loud noises,
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.
Six Year Olds
· Provide paper and pencil games: dot-to-dot, mazes, copying and tracing activities
· Play simple card games with child (Old Maid, War) and board games
· Continue to provide dress-up clothes for child; encourage role playing (doctor, carpenter, teacher)
· Encourage outdoor play (swimming, running, climbing, digging)
· Promote child’s interest in music; Provide various types of music
· Continue to provide a variety of books for child to look at independently and for adult to read to him/her
· Continue to read to child on a daily basis
· Continue to provide art supplies so child can cut, glue, paste, paint, color, etc.