Children Age 4 to 6 Years

Child Development

ages 4-6At age four to six children start to show interest in reading and writing words.

Children Age Four to Six Years

Your child may now be able to do a lot of things for herself, like picking out her own clothes and putting them on. She can play with others and may even be starting to show interest in reading and writing words. Here is a list of some things your child can do between four and six years of age. Remember that every child is different. Your child will develop at a rate that is right for her.

4- 5 Years 5 – 6 Years
  • Tumble, dance or play other games that use large muscles (like the legs)
  • Hop on one foot
  • Ask questions using “what, where who and why”
  • Say most speech sounds clearly except for “s, z, th and r”
  • Say both his first and last name
  • Enjoy playing with children of the same age
  • Enjoy catching, throwing, kicking a ball
  • Dress herself including buttoning, snapping and zipping
  • Show interest in writing words
  • Follow three-step directions in the order given (“get the ball, put in the box, and come to the table”)
  • Say his full name, age and sex
  • Enjoy playing organized games with other children

Promoting Healthy Development

  • Tumbling and dancing are good to help your child build muscle and promote good balance.
  • Play organized games like tag and “Simon Says”. This will help your child learn to play with others and follow directions.
  • Help your child dress himself. Buttoning, snapping and zipping are important fine motor skills.
  • Ask your child to describe objects using adjectives (example: big, red, loud, small, etc.)

Fun Things To Do With Your Child

  • Play active games that include catching, throwing and kicking.
  • Play dress-up and make-believe.
  • Go to the library. Let your child pick out his own books.
  • Go on a picnic and have your child help you prepare the food. For fun recipes and information on how your child can help in the kitchen, click here.

Television - Avoid Putting Your Child in Front of the TV

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents avoid television viewing for children. Although certain television programs may be promoted to children, research on early brain development shows that toddlers need direct interaction with parents and caregivers for healthy brain growth.

Child Profile

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Development Chart (3-5 years)