What’s happening at this age?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the time between the ages of 4 and 5 marks your child’s transition from a toddler to a preschooler.
- While their physical growth and motor skills might still be slow to development, you can expect to see some great intellectual, social and emotional changes.
- Your child’s creativity will soar and they will engage in more make-believe play. Reading fosters a healthy imagination.
- Your child will become more social. Encourage turn-taking games while they enjoy playing with other children.
- As your child’s physical activity increases, encourage creative play, inside and outside.
Below are lists of developmental milestones – things that most children can do at these ages – as well as signs of possible developmental delays at this age according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To download the full checklist of developmental milestone from ages 2 months to 5 years old and delays to look out for,
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What if I notice a delay?
If you are concerned about any developmental delays your child may be experiencing, ask your child’s doctor or nurse, or talk with someone in your community who is familiar with services for infants and toddlers in your area.
How important are regular screenings?
The checklists you find here are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools such as those that might be administered by your child’s doctor. Ask your child’s doctor about his or her developmental screening.