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4 Year Old Developmental Milestones

Your child might be...

  • Playing make-believe and using their imagination.

  • Singing songs from memory such as "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

  • Naming colors, numbers and animals

  • Using hand-eye coordination to complete simple puzzles or color inside the lines

  • Experiencing a broad range of emotions, and learning how to control these emotions

  • Asking adults plenty of questions

  • Learning how to "take turns" and share


  • Play make believe together. Let your child take the lead and follow their imagination!

  • Practice hand-eye coordination with catching and throwing games. You can use rolled up socks as a ball and a laundry basket as a net.

  • Let your child help with cooking. Simple requests like "grab the broccoli from the fridge" or "help me was the potatoes" can build confidence and increase vocabulary.

  • Make up a story with your child. Start with characters and a simple plot, like "a dog and a cat went to the beach", and take turns adding sentences to the story. 

  • Use words like "first", "second", and "finally" when you talk about daily activities. This can help your child follow directions by learning about the order of events. 

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