Ages and Stages: Your Preschooler at 4 to 5 Years

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The fifth year of your child’s life signals the end of early childhood. As she prepares to enter a new world of school and friends, she will begin to:

  • Start running, then stop and change direction smoothly.
  • Draw a person with head, arms, legs and trunk.
  • Begin to grasp the concept of sharing.
  • Use pretend play to gain control of frustrating and frightening experiences.
  • Tell long stories about her own experiences.

Development Milestones

4 - 5 Years
Fine Motor
Gross Motor

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