Development and Characteristics of a 57-58 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 57-58 Month Old Child


How I Move:

  • I enjoy activities requiring hand skills.
  • I draw a recognizable person.
  • I am skilled and accurate with simple tools, like safety scissors.
  • I can sit still for brief periods.
  • I enjoy jumping, running and skipping.
  • I have adult-like posture in throwing and catching.
  • I am very energetic.
  • I like dancing, am rhythmic and graceful.
  • I sometimes roughhouse and fight.
  • I am well coordinated.

How I Think:

  • I am curious about everything.
  • I am ready for short trips into the community.
  • I know my family name and address.
  • I talk clearly about my ideas.
  • I am self-centered about my ideas.
  • I like to be busy making something.
  • I make a plan before starting a project.
  • My attention span is 12 to 28 minutes long.
  • I like to play the same things for more than one day.
  • My pretend play is more realistic.
  • I easily use complete sentences.
  • I count 10 objects.

How I Get Along:

  • I am becoming poised and self-confident.
  • I copy adult behavior and act grown-up.
  • I am aware of rules and explain them to others.
  • I play in groups of two to five children.
  • I am less competitive than at age 4.
  • I am sensitive to teasing and get hurt feelings easily.
  • I like the companionship of adults.
  • I have to be right.
  • I am sociable and like to visit.
  • I may get wild, silly and giggly.

Learn more about Your Child: 57-58 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.