Child Development: 4 years

Your Developing Child: 4 Years

  • Walks up stairs and down stairs, with one foot on each step
  • Hops or stands on one foot for up to three seconds
  • Runs easily
  • Bends over easily without falling
  • Cuts out a circle and a square with children’s scissors
  • Copies a circle and a cross
  • Draws a person with three parts
  • Uses sentences with four or more words and answers simple questions
  • Asks many questions like “what”, “where” and “why”
  • Tells stories and sings songs
  • Speaks clearly enough to be understood by most people
  • Enjoys being in a play group
  • Is able to name the shapes of a circle, square and triangle
  • Counts out loud to 10
  • Talks about things that happened in the past
  • Knows and names four colors
  • Dresses and undresses, including zippers and large buttons in the front

There are many ways you can help your child’s development.

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he/she lives and grows.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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Last updated: 2021-03-12