Eight Year Olds
Below you will find a list of developmental milestones for eight 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 vigorous activities: dancing, Delights in telling jokes
swimming, wrestling, riding bikes and riddles
Seeks out opportunities to participate Uses language to criticize
in team sports (soccer, baseball, and compliment others
Seems to possess endless energy Converses fluently with adults;
Ableto think and talk about
Collects objects and bargains/trades Forming opinions about moral
Eager to save money for small Still desires attention/recognition
purchases from teachers or parents
Looks forward to school and Accepts challenges and
disappointed when unable to responsibility with enthusiasm
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.
Eight Year Olds
· Provide and participate in games that require a degree of strategy: checkers, dominoes, card games, etc.
· Provide child with an inexpensive camera and encourage child to experiment
· Allow child to try out many different activities (swimming,dancing, musical instruments, singing); There is seldom a long-term commitment
· Assign child routine tasks around the house (setting table, feeding pets, etc.) to develop responsibility
· Gather materials child can use to design own buildings (farm, zoo, garage, school, house, etc.)
· Save small, unused appliances that child can disassemble using screwdrivers or pliers.
· Continue to provide reading materials on topics ofinterest to child; Allow child to choose own reading materials
Takenfrom: Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz. (2000).By the Ages: Behavior and development ofchildren pre-birth through eight. Albany: Delmar Thomson Learning.