Physical Changes: 4 Year Old

Your 4-year-old will gain an average of 4-1/2 pounds and 2-1/2 inches this year. Her lower jaw will continue to grow more pronounced; her upper jaw, wider. As a result, her face will appear larger and her features more distinct.

By the end of this year, coordination and balance will be similar to that of an adult's. She can stand on her tiptoes, hop on one foot, turn somersaults and maybe even skip. Tasks like brushing her teeth, getting dressed or lacing her shoes can now be accomplished with little assistance from Mom or Dad.

Her ability to participate in art projects has also improved. By year's end, she will probably be copying simple geometric patterns, printing some letters, cutting and pasting, as well as painting with a paintbrush.

Development Tracker
-- Emotional Development
-- Social Skills
-- Language Skills
-- Physical Changes
-- Challenges
-- How to Help

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