- Begins to lose primary (baby) teeth.
- Displays left- or right-handedness.
- Builds elaborate structures.
- Tires easily.
- Bathes, eats, dresses, toilets without
- Begins to participate in
- Enjoys active games and movement.
- Enjoys playing noisy rhythm
- Is curious about reproduction and
- Begins to express more feelings in
- Embarrasses easily, and cannot yet
laugh at self.
- May have feelings about death.
- Shows guilt over misbehavior.
- Likes independence.
- Is serious and dependable.
- Follows more rules and regulations.
- May tattle, name-call, hit and shove
- Cooperates in simple group tasks.
- Likes to please adults.
- Takes turns during playing and
- Gets along with other children.
- Is keenly interested in family
- Starts to recognize letters and words.
- Keeps up activities over longer
periods of time.
- Has developed a self-image.
- Craves facts.
- Names simple colors.
- Understands left from right.
- Has a vocabulary of about 2,000 to
- Can help with chores.
- Can learn address and phone number.
- Can think some things through.
- Can count to 10.
- Starts to understand concept of
- Can speak in sentences of 6 to 8
- Can tell coins apart.
- Engages in elaborate dramatic play.
- Understands concepts of morning,
afternoon, night, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
- Is better able to tell make-believe
from real life.
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