Child Development Milestones for 5 Year Olds - Social


The following are the child development milestones for a 5 Year Old focusing on Social development. Our Child-Experts use these milestones for a 5 Year Old as a guideline for selecting all our educational toys, books and games. We have created the Head-to-Toe system - consisting of the seven developmental skills that every toy, book and game will help develop. From Imagination at the top of their heads to the locomotion skills at the tips of their toes. And every point in between.

Below are the Social skills to a 5 Year Old child, the associated Social developmental milestones and links to the age-appropriate educational toys.

Please keep in mind that all children develop at different speeds. If your child is not able to do all of these functions, do not be alarmed. These developmental milestones are a guideline. If you believe that your child is behind in learning and developing these skills please consult your pediatrician.


  • Has a good sense of humor, and enjoys sharing jokes and laughter with adults
  • Seeks adult approval
  • Can understand relationships among people and similarities and differences in other families
  • Understands and enjoys both giving and receiving
  • Understands and respects rules - often asks permission
  • Likes to feel grown up
  • Prefers company of 1 or 2 children at a time; may become bossy or sulky when others join in
  • Notices when another child is angry or sad
  • Uses swear words or bathroom words to get attention
  • Carries on conversations with other children and adults
  • Mimics adults and seeks praise
  • Strongly identifying with the parent of the same sex
  • Enjoys riddles and jokes
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