Developmental Milestones for 5-Year-Old & Health Delay Signs

Five years old is the most adorable and fun age!

Your child loves to play and is extremely imaginative, but they are becoming quite the conversationalist, and their ability to pick up new information and ask thoughtful questions will seriously impress you.

Movement, Hand and Finger Skills Milestones

  • Jump rope
  • Walk backward
  • Balance on one foot for at least 5 seconds
  • Use scissors
  • Begin learning how to tie shoes
  • Draw a triangle and diamond
  • Draw a person with six body parts
  • Know the address and phone number
  • Recognize and recite the alphabet
  • Write their first name
  • Start to help with chores around the house
  • Start to lose their baby teeth

Language Milestones

  • May put together six to eight words into a sentence
  • May know four or more colors
  • Knows the days of the week and months
  • Can name coins and money
  • Can understand commands with multiple instructions
  • Talks frequently

Cognitive Milestones

  • Increased understanding of time
  • Curious about real facts about the world
  • May compare rules of parents with that of friends
  • Generally, be more cooperative and responsible than 4-year-olds
  • More able to adhere to rules and become a team player
  • Able to engage in play that involves directions, expectations, and cooperation
  • Have a lot of interesting thoughts and opinions to share

Social and Emotional Milestones

  • start to lose their baby teeth
  • be fully potty trained, for both pee and poop, though accidents can still happen.
  • Get along well with parents
  • Become more attached to parents as they enter school
  • Be eager to please others and make them happy
  • Have good manners
  • Dress self completely without help
  • Enjoy cooking and playing sports

Developmental Health Watch

Some children are able to read a little at this age, while others are still learning their letters. Some children are little gymnasts while others are still mastering catching a ball. There is a wide range of normal, so don’t worry too much if your child has or hasn’t mastered certain skills before others.

Some kids will outgrow these problems. Others might need speech therapy or further evaluation. This is especially important to assess at a young age because some children that have difficulty with communication may get frustrated, angry, and even aggressive because they cannot relay their thoughts and feelings clearly.

  • Hearing problems
  • Trouble following directions
  • Trouble asking or answering questions
  • Difficulty holding a conversation
  • Poor vocabulary growth
  • Trouble learning preschool concepts, such as colors and counting
  • Stuttering
  • Trouble putting sentences together
  • Unclear speech

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Meiling Wong

Meiling is a Singaporean mom who loves spending time with her 2 kids until they ditch her for slime-making and digital gaming. These days, she keeps herself busy trying to keep up with the social media while still contemplating if she should learn how to play "Clash Royale".

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