Play Chart Development Tips for Ages 0-5

Play Chart Development Tips for Ages 0-5

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This developmental chart lists some skills typical of a child’s development from infancy through 5 years. Children may vary in their development, and, of course, the best gift you can give a child at any age is your love and affection. If you have any questions concerning your child’s development, contact your pediatrician and/or ask about CHSC’s early intervention program.


1-3 months — babies like to:

  • Listen to musical sounds
  • Stare at movement and light
  • Be held and rocked
  • Reach/feel with open hands

Give your baby:

  • Soft musical toys/rattles
  • Lamps throwing light patterns
  • Your arms, singing, smile


4-6 months – babies like to:

  • Shake, feel and bang things
  • Sit with support

Give your baby:

  • Crib gym
  • Cups, spoons and pot lids
  • High chair suction toys

7-9 months — babies like to:

  • Rollover and pivot on stomach
  • Throw, wave and bang toys ·
  • Gum objects

Give your baby:

  • Bathtub toys
  • Teether and gumming toys
  • Space to roll around


10-12 months — babies like to:

  • Play pat-a-cake
  • Pull up and get back down
  • Place things where they’re wanted

Give your baby:

  • Motion toys
  • Baking tins and clothes pins
  • Nestled plastic cups


1 year to 15 months — babies like to:

  • Use one or two words
  • Be hugged
  • Try feeding themselves

Give your baby:

  • Lots of conversation
  • Personal dish, cup and spoon
  • You on the floor


16 months to two years — babies like to:

  • Get into everything
  • Identify parts of themselves
  • Fetch and carry
  • Turn pages

Give your baby:

  • A childproof house
  • A shape sorting box
  • A toy telephone
  • Picture books


2 years to 30 months — toddlers like to:

  • Help with housework
  • Kick a large ball
  • Play on riding toys

Give your toddler:

  • Large balls and push toys
  • Tricycle or big wheel
  • Shelves to put things away


30 months to 3 years — children like to:

  • Put clothing on
  • Work with their fingers
  • Sing songs and repeat rhymes

Give your child:

  • Big crayons and paper
  • Tape player or record player
  • Construction sets


3 years to 4 years — children like to:

  • Cut with rounded scissors
  • Play games with other children
  • Play with sand and water

Give your child:

  • More responsibility
  • Things to cut and paste
  • Backyard pool or sandbox


4 years to 5 years — children like to:

  • Play ball
  • Repeat nursery rhymes
  • Dress themselves
  • Sing songs

Give your child:

  • Balls of different sizes
  • Time to dress himself

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