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5 Year Online Milestone Checklist

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How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children (75% or more) can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 5 years by completing the checklist below. Share it with your child’s doctor, teacher, and other providers, and be sure to talk about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

Checking children’s development regularly is important. CDC’s free Milestone Tracker app is also available to complete the checklists, with reminders and helpful tips on the go!  Available on the AppStoreexternal icon and GooglePlayexternal icon.

Your Child at 5 Years

Milestones matter! Check the milestones your child has reached by age 5 by completing the checklist below.

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What Most Babies Do by this Age:


Follows rules or takes turns when playing games with other children

Sings, dances, or acts for you

Does simple chores at home, like matching socks or clearing the table after eating


Tells a story she heard or made up with at least two events. For example, a cat was stuck in a tree and a firefighter saved it

Answers simple questions about a book or story after you read or tell it to him

Keeps a conversation going with more than three back-and-forth exchanges

Uses or recognizes simple rhymes (bat-cat, ball-tall)

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

Counts to 10

Names some numbers between 1 and 5 when you point to them

Uses words about time, like “yesterday,” “tomorrow,” “morning,” or “night”

Pays attention for 5 to 10 minutes during activities. For example, during story time or making arts and crafts (screen time does not count)

Writes some letters in her name

Names some letters when you point to them

Movement/Physical Development

Buttons some buttons

Hops on one foot

Selected “not sure”? Watch for these milestones over the next week or two. Try some things with your child that gives him/her the chance to show the milestone. If you’re still not seeing the milestone, see the steps below.

Selected “not yet” or have other concerns or questions about your child’s development? Talk with your child’s doctor, teacher and/or another trusted provider. Share the checklist and any questions or concerns you might have. Ask about developmental screening. It’s recommended for all children. If you, the doctor, teacher, or other provider is still concerned after screening, ask to be connected with (1) a specialist who can learn more about your child AND (2) with services and other supports that may help. Visit www.cdc.gov/Concerned for more information.

– Share the checklist with your child’s healthcare provider, early educator, WIC Clinic, or other care providers by FORWARDING the email you receive.
– Be sure to add your child’s name and birthdate (if needed) when forwarding the checklist so your provider can identify it as your child’s.