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Home > Parenting Information > Baby Development > Age 5 to 6


Child Development
Age 5 to 6
" What to expect from your 5 to 6 year old "


<< Age 3 to 4


Age 5 to 6

  • Can talk in complete sentences that may run together

  • Can repeat a sentence that is a least 6 or more words long

  • Starts to correctly use past, present and future tense of words

  • Is now able to hold a conversation and will enjoy talking with friends and family

  • Attention span starts to increase

  • Memory will increase often remembering favorite nursery rhymes

  • Sentence structure and pronunciation of words becomes more accurate

  • He or she will describe actions, events and enjoy telling stories, frequently remember fine details

  • Will understand categories well, such as, “A dog is an animal”.

  • Starts to show more interest in adults and peers outside of the family

  • Starts testing his or her independence

  • Will tell you what he or she is going to do

  • Will show signs of separating from parents easier

  • Will start to show more interest in taking care of his or her self alone without help

  • Will tie shoelaces without help

  • Cleans his or her room, including making the bed

  • May pack school bag, including making their own lunch

  • Will handle most bathroom needs on their own, such as going to the toilet, cleaning his or her self, etc.

  • Will probably want to take a bath on his or her own

  • Stays dry at night almost all of the time now

  • Hand and eye coordination becomes very improved

  • Can manage tools, hammering, using screws and screwdrivers

  • Will probably be writing and recognizing written words, drawing and painting well

  • He or she will enjoy constructive and creative playing with friends, such as digging, building models, tunneling in the sand and other large scale constructive play things

  • Likes board games, crafts and other constructive projects

<< Age 3 to 4








Please note that these are only general developmental guidelines for an average healthy child. A healthy child may reach a developmental milestone earlier or later than the average shown in these guidelines. Each child develops differently and just because a child may appear to be behind in one developmental area does not mean there is something wrong. If you feel your child is behind in several areas of development, contact your pediatrician for advice.





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