55 to 57 months

01. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved


Your child walks, runs, hops and stands on one foot for about 5 seconds. You can time it with a stopwatch to detect the dramatic improvement. As he gains better balance, he can stand on one foot for longer and longer. He can move forwards and backwards with confidence. He can now go up and come down the stairs without holding on to the hand rail. He has good balance enough to kick a ball forwards while balancing on the other foot. He can throw a ball overhand with good power.


02. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved


Your child now plays with other children cooperatively. He understands taking turns and shares toys with others. Make believe play takes precedence. He encounters problems during play and he is capable of resolving simple conflicts and problems. But he sees problems from a single point of view only. This may lead to further conflicts between playmates. He becomes more and more independent.

He has sufficient fineness to dress and undress himself.

He is very creative in make believe play. He involves himself in these fantasies and sometimes are incapable of separating fantasy from reality. He may talk to himself or an imaginary friend during play. He can personify unfamiliar and strange concepts as “monsters”. He understands the concept of being a complete human composed of a body, a mind and feelings. He sees himself as one. He experiences his surroundings within these confines.


03. Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for


Some children may become aggressive to their peers. Active play can cause injuries. If one of the playmates gets a disease it spreads quickly to other as well.


04. See your doctor if you see these symptoms


If you have any doubt, go to your doctor.


05. Average weight and height


Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.

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