Children learn, change, and grow so much between three and five years old. As a parent, it’s normal to look at other children and wonder: “Is my child on track?” 

The good news is, you aren’t alone. 

Is my child on track?

During regular Well Check Exams, your pediatrician asks lots of questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves. This helps the doctor tell if your child is learning and growing as expected, or if she needs a little extra help. If your child needs extra help, your doctor will connect you with the services you need. 

Here are some of the things most children do between 3-5 years old.*

Look for these milestones by your child’s THIRD birthday

Copies adults and friends 

Dresses and undresses self

Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps

Can name most familiar things

Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences

 Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people

Screws and unscrews jar lids or turns door handles 

Climbs well

Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step

Look for these milestones by your child’s FOURTH birthday

Talks about what he or she likes 

Plays well with other children

Sings a short song from memory

Tells stories

Names some colors and some numbers

Uses scissors 

Catches a bounced ball most of the time

Hops and stands on one foot up to 2 seconds

Look for these milestones by your child’s FIFTH birthday

Wants to please friends

Likes to sing, dance, and act

Tells a simple story using full sentences

Speaks clearly

Counts 10 or more things

Draws a person with at least 6 body parts

Uses a fork and spoon and sometimes a table knife

Hops; may be able to skip

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*The milestones listed here are just some of the milestones for children ages 3-5. For a full list of milestones, see the CDC’s Developmental Milestones or talk to your doctor.