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Child Development (4 years)

Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect his/her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of his/her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.

Child development is typically described in five areas: 

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his/her own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

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.


Healthy Living

Updated Oct 2, 2015