4 years old Milestone
Balancing, drawing and climbing … here’s what to expect.
The majority of children will achieve these milestones by the time they turn 4 years. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.
Evaluate your child with this checklist
It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.
- Walk alone up and down stairs, one foot per step
- Run well on flat surface, turning sharp corners
- Climb playground ladders and other equipment easily
- Ride tricycle and pedals easily
- Catch, bounce, throw and kick a ball
- Hold pencil between thumb and 1-3 other fingers
- Draw a basic human figure
- Draw other simple pictures (e.g. a house)
- Brush teeth with supervision
- Wipe after using toilet
- Dress except for hard to reach buttons, bows and shoelaces
Talking and understanding
- Use two or more personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, etc.)
- Name colours and shapes
- Hold conversations
- Tell story in past and future tense
- Repeat back a sentence of 10 sounds
- Be easily understood by strangers
- Understand human feelings (e.g. cold, tired, hungry)
- Give first and last name
- Understand prepositions (e.g. in, out and beside)
- Do up buttons, put on socks and shoes
- Name age in years
- Play cooperatively with other children
- Begin to play games in groups with simple rules
- Fully undress
- Create play reflecting complex social situations
- Create play with stories with different roles
- Able to compare object as higher or longer
- Count to five
- Count objects as well as rote counting
- Repeat back four numbers
Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.
Originally produced by Child Development Network.