Developmental Milestones


At 3 years of age, many children are able to:

  • Jump and down
  • Stand briefly on one foot
  • Ask many questions
  • Throw a ball overhand
  • Kick a ball forward
  • Build a nine block tower with blocks
  • Copy vertical/horizontal lines and a circle
  • Cut paper
  • Partially dress themselves
  • Participate in toileting
  • Use 3-5 word sentences intelligibly
  • Listen to stories and repeat rhymes
  • Feed self with spoon

At 4 years of age, many children are able to:

  • Hop on 1 foot 3 times in a row
  • Catch a bounced ball
  • Draw, name, and describe a recognizable picture
  • Name colors and shapes
  • Learn own age, sex and name when taught
  • Enjoy playing with other children
  • Feed self skillfully
  • Wash hands with assistance
  • Talk with words that can be mostly understood
  • Play cooperatively

Between 4 and 5 years of age, many children are able to:

  • Run, jump, hop, and skip
  • Dress and undress self
  • Follow 3-step directions
  • Speak in full sentences
  • Play well with others in a small group
  • Count up to 10 objects
  • Copy uppercase letters
  • Color within the lines
  • Grasp pencil correctly