At five years old, children can take many steps forward as well as steps back as they navigate new challenges.  With the introduction Kindergarten, children begin to spend more time away from the familiarity of home.  At this age, children will increasingly express a desire to be independent, but will still need cuddles and comfort.

Listed below are some things that children do by a certain age.  Remember, no two children develop, grow or learn in the same way, or do things at the same pace.  If you are concerned about your child’s growth, development or learning, we encourage you to contact your doctor, a public health nurse or the BC Nurses Help Line (811).

5 Years Old

  • Plays organized games
  • Follows long directions
  • Cuts with scissors
  • Copies familiar shapes
  • Draws a person with 6 to 8 body parts
  • Catches a bounced ball
  • Counts to 10
  • Predicts what might happen next in books
  • Talks to familiar adults and children
  • Uses sentences of at least 5 to 6 words
Click  Stages of Development Links  for more information on child development and other valuable parenting information.