Developmental Milestones - 4 Years of Age

Important Milestones: Your Child By 4 Years of Age
Milestone Checklist
How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 4 years. Talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. What most children do by this age:

Social and Emotional
  • Enjoys doing new things 
  • Plays “Mom” and “Dad” 
  • Is more and more creative with make-believe play 
  • Would rather play with other children than by himself 
  • Cooperates with other children 
  • Often can’t tell what’s real and what’s make-believe 
  • Talks about what she likes and what she is interested in
  • Knows some basic rules of grammar, such as correctly using “he” and “she” 
  • Sings a song or says a poem from memory such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “Wheels on the Bus” 
  • Tells stories 
  • Can say first and last name
 Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Names some colors and some numbers 
  • Understands the idea of counting 
  • Starts to understand time 
  • Remembers parts of a story 
  • Understands the idea of “same” and “different” 
  • Draws a person with 2 to 4 body parts 
  • Uses scissors 
  • Starts to copy some capital letters 
  • Plays board or card games 
  • Tells you what he thinks is going to happen next in a book
Movement/Physical Development
  • Hops and stands on one foot up to 2 seconds 
  • Catches a bounced ball most of the time 
  • Pours, cuts with supervision, and mashes own food 
Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:
  • Can’t jump in place
  • Has trouble scribbling
  • Shows no interest in interactive games or make-believe
  • Ignores other children or doesn’t respond to people outside the family
  • Resists dressing, sleeping, and using the toilet
  • Can’t retell a favorite story
  • Doesn’t follow 3-part commands
  • Doesn’t understand “same” and “different”
  • Doesn’t use “me” and “you” correctly
  • Speaks unclearly
  • Loses skills he once had

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