Four is such a fun age! Your child will love playing games with you. They’ll learn card, board, and rhyming games. Say a word and ask what rhymes with it. You can also sing together. They can tell you in simple terms about an experience they’ve had. They might even make up a few details!
Most children this age can:
- Name 1 color.
- Balance on each foot for 2 seconds.
- Copy a circle.
- Have speech that’s all understandable.
- Say their name.
- Match things that are the same (such as a pairs of socks).
- Tell the difference between fantasy and reality. But a 4-year-old’s active imagination can create all kinds of scary and threatening scenarios.
- Master most grammar skills.
- Speak in sentences with at least 5 or 6 words.
- Pedal a tricycle.
- Throw a ball overhand.
- Go up and down stairs without holding onto anything.
- Use safety scissors.
Your child may be ready to:
- Sing songs.
- Write some capital letters.
- Hop on one foot.
- Name 4 colors (about 12 % of boys are red-green color blind so, keep your eyes out for this).
- Play board games—get ready for endless games of Candyland. Good luck!
Remember, all children develop at their own pace. So, if your kiddo isn’t doing all these things just yet, you’ll likely see them soon. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk to your pediatrician at your next well-child visit, or send an email with your question anytime.
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