- Hops, runs, skips, climbs with
- Tires easily.
- Is accident prone.
- Likes making loud noises, but is
frightened by unexpected sounds.
- Goes to the bathroom without help.
- Makes designs and draws recognizable
- Can use blunt scissors.
- Dresses self (with exception of
- Sometimes still acts like a baby.
- Shows new fears (becoming aware of
- Enjoys silliness.
- Refers to parents as final authority.
- Continues to test parental limits.
- Uses "naughty" words to see how others
- Is ready for group activities.
- Talks "with" another child, but does
not listen to what other child says.
- Is comfortable with other children,
but shares grudgingly.
- Tattles and name-calls.
- Imitates adults.
- Is more likely to solve problems
through words than aggressive action.
- Has a vocabulary of about 1,500 to
- Speaks in 4 to 5 word sentences.
- Likes funny, exaggerated stories.
- Can count to 5.
- Identifies some shapes.
- Can understand some concepts of time
(yesterday, today, and tomorrow).
- Often asks "why" questions.
- Usually can put toys and materials
away without adult help.
- Insists on finishing an activity or
- Likes to help with simple tasks.
- Starts to know difference between
right and wrong.
- Shows growing ability to tell
real-life from make-believe.
- Tells tall tales, but cannot always
tell the difference between truth and lies.
- Believes the only viewpoint is his or
- Believes 2 unrelated events can have a
These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general
progression through the developmental stages rather than as
fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages.
It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some
milestones earlier and other milestones later than the
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health