Make-believe play fills your preschooler’s days, and the first true friendships begin to develop as social skills improve. You’ll find ideas here to help your four-year-old exercise problem-solving skills, get the most out of imaginative play, and even meet new physical challenges.
With a longer attention span, a new activity can keep him engaged for extended periods
She can learn to swim, skate, dance, ski and bounce on a trampoline
He can explain something that happened when you weren't there
She begins to grasp that people have different experiences and feelings than she does
As coordination improves, he can use the monkey bars at the playground, walk along a curb, and dodge when he's chased
She is starting to add details to her drawings
He may print his name on his artwork
Her gait is more grown-up
It isn’t easy to convince children that winning isn’t everything when you consider how much emphasis is placed on winning in the media. As I wrote this answer, the winter Olympics were in full swing.
We sometimes hear that the achievement that sets humans apart from all the other animals is our ability to talk. To be sure, articulating and combining—and understanding—different sounds is a magnificent accomplishment.