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Social / Emotional - Images & Video Clips

  • Pretends to be something else during play (teacher, superhero, dog) Video
  • Asks to go play with children if none are around, like “Can I play with Alex?” Video
  • Comforts others who are hurt or sad, like hugging a crying friend Image
  • Avoids danger, like not jumping from tall heights at the playground Video
  • Likes to be a "helper" Video
  • Changes behavior based on where they are (place of worship, library, playground) Video

Language / Communication - Images & Video Clips

  • Says sentences with four or more words Video
  • Says some words from a song, story, or nursery rhyme Video
  • Talks about at least one thing that happened during their day, like "I played soccer." Video
  • Answers simple questions like "What is a coat for?" or "What is a crayon for?" Video

Cognitive - Images & Video Clips

  • Names a few colors of items Video
  • Tells what comes next in a well-known story Video
  • Draws a person with three or more body parts Image

Movement / Physical Development - Images & Video Clips

  • Catches a large ball most of the time Image 1  Image 2
  • Serves their self food or pours water, with adult supervision Image
  • Unbuttons some buttons Video
  • Holds crayon or pencil between fingers and thumb (not a fist) Image

4 Year Old Checklist (English)

4 Year Old Checklist - PDF / Fillable

  • You can take printed Checklist with you and talk with your child's doctor at every well-child visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.
  • Can also fill out same checklist on CDC Milestone Tracker App.

  • Your Child at 4 Years

    Milestones matter! How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about his or her development. Check the milestones your child has reached by age 4.
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  • YY - MM (year, full months)
  • What Most Children Do by this Age:

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