Child Development Milestones for 4 to 5-year-olds

A Guide for Stages & Child Development Milestones as your Child Grows

Time sure does fly as your kiddo gets older! Many kids at the age of 4 or 5 are just starting out preschool and kindergarten, which brings on excitement as well as nerves. Naya Lopez, Motherhood & Family Advocate, shares typical milestones for children ages 4 and 5.


Milestones for 4-year-olds

Language Development
  • Can say their first and last name
  • Sings songs from memory
  • Tells stories
Cognitive Development
  • Names some numbers and colors
  • Uses scissors
  • Remember stories
Social Emotional Development
  • They would rather play with other children than have independent play
  • Talks about their interests and likes
  • Enjoys trying new things
  • Become more creative with their play
Motor Development
  • Catches a bounce ball most of time
  • Pours, cuts, and mashes food


Milestones for 5-year-olds

Language Development
  • Speaks clearly
  • Uses future tense
Cognitive Development
  • Copies some shapes
  • Counts to 10 or more
Social Emotional Development
  • Agree with rules
  • Can differentiate gender
  • Knows the difference between real and make believe
Motor Development
  • Hops
  • Can use the toilet on their own

Additional information on what milestones to look out for can be found on the CDC website:

To check if your child is meeting all their milestones, you can complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) with your child. One of Acenda's Early Childhood Specialists will reach out to discuss the results and offer any help and/or resources. Your local Early/Head start center is also a great resource as they can help prepare your child for school and enhance their development.

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