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Dr. Lise Eliot
Early Brain Development Expert
VTech Expert Panel Member
Five is the age when most children begin mainstream schooling – which is an exciting and somewhat scary transition. However, five-year-olds are enthusiastic learners who delight in solving problems and discovering more about the wider world. Friends also take on greater importance as your five-year-old develops a better understanding of other’s thoughts and feelings.
Here are some typical milestones you may see in your five-year-old:
Language & Cognitive
  • Uses five to eight words in a sentence
  • Likes to argue and reason; uses words like “because”
  • Knows their address and phone number
  • Understands that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Knows opposites like big and little
  • Draws pictures that represent animals, people, and familiar objects
  • Knows uppercase and most lowercase letters and beginning phonetics
  • Sorts objects by size, shape or number, counts up to 20 objects; carries out simple addition and subtraction problems
  • Sequences events chronologically and is learning to tell time
  • Can use measuring tools like a ruler, scale, or thermometer
Physical & Motor
  • Gallops smoothly and skips using both feet
  • Rides bicycle with training wheels
  • Balances on either foot for 5-10 seconds
  • Jumps rope and catches bounced balls
  • Learns complex coordination skills like swimming, dancing, ice or roller skating
  • Uses a fork and knife well
  • Manages zippers and buttons and may be able to tie shoelaces
  • Reliably uses right or left hand to eat and draw
Social & Emotional
  • Enjoys sharing jokes and laughter with others
  • Helps with chores like folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher
  • Plays independently but also enjoys peer company
  • May tattle, name-call, hit and shove at times but is generally in control of aggressive impulses
  • Takes turns and cooperates in simple group tasks or play
  • May act bossy or exclude other children (”best friends” become important)
  • More sensitive to feelings of others; shows kindness and says “please” and “thank you”