Seven Year Olds
Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for seven 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.
Balances on either foot, runs up Enjoys storytelling
and down stairs with alternating
feet, throws and catches smaller
balls, practices batting balls
Cautious in trying more challenging Language becomes more precise
physical activities (Ex. climbing up/ and accurate
jumping down from high places)
Has a better understanding of cause Understands and carries out
and effect (Ex. If I forget my library multiple-step directions; May
book, I can’t get a new one.) need directions repeated
Plans ahead: (“I’m saving this snack More outgoing
Reading becomes easier; child may read Friends are important, but
for pleasure can entertain self if friend
Spelling ability not necessarily at the same Feelings easily hurt
level as reading ability
Interested in counting and saving money Takes responsibility seriously
Taken from: Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz. (2000).By the Ages: Behavior and development ofchildren pre-birth through eight. Albany: Delmar Thomson Learning.
Seven Year Olds
· Take child to local library for story time as well as for choosing books
· Take family “collecting walks” and encourage child’s organization of found “treasures”
· Support child’s interest in science. Develop a science box and include items such as a magnifying glass, magnets, small scale, etc. Encourage child to use items to explore the environment.
· Gather a variety of objects (wood scraps, fabric, beads, cardboard) to be used for art projects, science projects, model building
· Continue to promote child’s imagination by providing construction materials such as: Lincoln Logs, Legos, Tinker Toys, building blocks.
· Encourage child to read, read, read.
· Develop child’s interest in music. Attend free concerts in the community or at local schools. Enroll child in beginner instrumental lessons. Make musical instruments from items found around the house.
· Plan a cooking activity together (baking cookies,making a salad, etc.)