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Your Child at 4 Years:

What Most Children Do at This Age:

Social / 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


Language / Communication

•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

"The beginning of something is always important, especially when it is young and needs time to grow." ~Plato

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