5 Ways to Un-Plug Your Children & Encourage Them to Engage in Free Play

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Early School Age, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

By Tamara Guo, M.Ed. Developmental Specialist In today’s over scheduled and electronic world, I am saddened to see that so many children from toddlers through elementary school lack the ability to engage and entertain themselves without the aid of adults or technology. Young children learn so much through unstructured free play. This is a true skill that should be fostered …

Day2DayParenting5 Ways to Un-Plug Your Children & Encourage Them to Engage in Free Play
fine motor development in toddlers and preschoolers

Fine Motor Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months, Toddlers 12 - 36 Months

During the first year of life, a child develops and gains new skills at an amazing rate. The infant goes from not having any voluntary control over his or her arms and hands to being able to grasp a small raisin with the thumb and index finger in a mature pincer grasp by his or her first birthday. But, fine …

Day2DayParentingFine Motor Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers

Speech Development for Toddlers 36 – 48 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months, Speech Skills

In child speech development, most four year olds can: Can tell a story Have a sentence length of 4-5 words Have a vocabulary of nearly 1,000 words Can name at least one color Understand “yesterday,” “summer”, “lunchtime”, “tonight”, “little-big” Begin to obey requests like “put the block under the chair” Know his or her last name, name of street on …

Day2DayParentingSpeech Development for Toddlers 36 – 48 Months

Speech Development for Preschool Children 48 – 60 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months, Speech Skills

In child speech development, most five year olds can: Have sentence length of 4-5 words Use past tense correctly Have a vocabulary of nearly 1,500 words Point to colors red, blue, yellow and green Identify triangles, circles and squares Understand “In the morning”, “next”, “noontime” Can speak of imaginary conditions such as “I hope” Ask many questions, such as “who?” …

Day2DayParentingSpeech Development for Preschool Children 48 – 60 Months

Visual Skills Development for Children 48 – 60 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

At this age children are refining their visual motor skills.  This is demonstrated by their ability to color within the lines, cut between lines and on a broad line, and cutting out simple outline pictures. They are also developing visual sequencing and visual imagery skills.  Visual sequencing skills include arranging a set of pictures to tell a story, and sequencing …

Day2DayParentingVisual Skills Development for Children 48 – 60 Months

Visual Skills Development for Toddlers 36 – 48 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

By 3 years of age the eye is almost grown to its adult size. A 3 year old is using his or her vision to coordinate fine motor activities and make judgments about them.  These visual motor skills include coloring a simple picture, copying simple marks or shapes, and tracing simple shapes and objects. He or she should also be …

Day2DayParentingVisual Skills Development for Toddlers 36 – 48 Months

Cognitive Development for Toddlers 36 – 48 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

In Terms of Cognitive Development, Most 4 Year Olds Will: Will play games with other children and can agree to rules Like to sing, dance and act Might be bossy and defiant Have an understanding of time, know ‘yesterday’ and ‘next summer’ Shows more independence Interested in physical difference between girls and boys Parenting Tips for Toddler Cognitive Development: Suggested …

Day2DayParentingCognitive Development for Toddlers 36 – 48 Months

Fine Motor Skills for Preschool Children 54 – 60 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

At Five Years Old, Most Children Can: Cut on a line continuously Copy a cross Copy a square Print some capital letters Tips to Help Your 5 Year Old Develop Fine Motor Skills You can help with your child’s developmental milestones.  Suggested play to help developing fine motor skills in a child 54 to 60 months of age: Make a …

Day2DayParentingFine Motor Skills for Preschool Children 54 – 60 Months

Fine Motor Skills for Preschool Children 48 – 54 Months (4 Years Old)

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

Tips to Help Your Four Year Old Develop Fine Motor Skills You can help with your child’s developmental milestones.  Suggested play to help developing fine motor skills in a child 48 to 54 months of age: Play with pudding. Make a batch of pudding (your child will be good at stirring the ingredients). Place a few spoonfuls on a cookie …

Day2DayParentingFine Motor Skills for Preschool Children 48 – 54 Months (4 Years Old)

Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers 42 – 48 Months

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Pre-Schoolers 36 - 60 Months

At four years old, most children can complete to following fine motor tasks: Build a tower of nine small blocks Drive nails and pegs Copy a circle Imitate cross Manipulate clay material (rolls balls, snakes, cookies) Hold a pencil with appropriate grasp Tips to help your toddler develop fine motor skills: You can help with toddler developmental milestones.  Suggested play …

Day2DayParentingFine Motor Skills for Toddlers 42 – 48 Months