A 4 year old child generally:
- speaks in 4 – 5 word sentences
- starts and carries on a conversation, tells simple stories with speech almost 100% correct
- draws people, simple shapes and cuts paper
- counts to 5, knows 4 or more colours, and 5 or more letters of the alphabet
- follows simple, two-step directions ~ “Get the ball and throw it to the dog”
- likes make believe play and dressing up
- shows concern for siblings or playmates when hurt and will help another child when asked
- asks others to play
Concerns may arise if, most of the time, your 4 year old:
- is not understood by others
- uses short and/or simple phrases
- is not able to follow 2 step directions
- repeats back only words said to them
- does not like to use crayons or pencils, or has trouble holding a pencil
- seems not to notice, or does not feel sorry when they hurt someone
Good things parents can do!
- let your child help solve problems ~ what can she wear if her favourite shoes are left at playschool?
- help your child classify objects and things ~ ask “what kinds of things you can ride in?”
- ask questions about how things work ~ “how do airplanes stay in the air?”
- teach your child how to use the telephone
- give choices about what he wants to wear or eat. Keep choices simple and be sure to honor his choices.
- let her tell and make up stories for you ~ write them down together
- get your child involved in group play with other children
- talk about different feelings ~ happy, sad, angry, and frustrated….make masks to show those feelings, and use the masks to talk about when you might have those feelings
- make time to draw together and talk about your child’s drawings
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s development, contact your local Public Health Nurse or Speech-Language Pathologist.