Developmental milestones (3-5 years)
- Jumps with both feet off the floor.
- Goes up and down stairs – be careful!
- Points to her major body parts when you name them.
- Knows both her first and last name.
- Copies a circle with a crayon after seeing you make a circle first (your child’s circle may be messy but sort of looks like a circle).
- Speaks in sentences 3 to 4 words long; most can be understood by a stranger.
- Understands the idea of taking turns – although she may not like it!
- Jumps well.
- Balances on one foot for at least five seconds.
- Climbs the ladder on a slide at the park and goes down the slide – if she’s not scared.
- Catches a large ball with both arms.
- Runs very fast.
- Puts together a six-piece puzzle.
- Uses child-safe scissors well.
- Answers a simple question that requires some imagination. (“What do you like to do after dinner?” might be answered “Go to the park and play!”)
- Has unlimited language and very clear pronunciation, easily understood by a stranger.
- Follows multiple directions – if she’s in the mood! (e.g. “Go get your shoes on, then come put on your coat and we can go outside.”)
- Knows at least five basic colors.
- Plays dress up or other elaborate imagination games.
- Counts to ten.
- Hops on one foot.
- Balances well on one foot for several seconds.
- Traces a shape exactly.
- Draws a simple person.
- Recognizes a few numbers when they are presented in written form (e.g. knows that “2” is “two”).
- Undresses or dresses independently.
- Follows multiple directions accurately.