5 Years Old - Child Physical Development

A general picture of what to expect from a 5-year-old child's physical growth

5 year old child development - kids stretching in gym class
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While school-age children grow at different speeds—one might experience a growth spurt at age 5 while another might not shoot up until years later—there are some common physical milestones you may see at this age. Here is a general picture of physical development and motor skills milestones you can expect to see in kids who are 5 years old.

At 5, many children continue to grow out of their chubby-cheeked toddler and preschooler years and begin developing into the lanky grade-schoolers they will become.

This is when kids begin to lose fat and gain muscle.

Teeth, Personal Care
Many 5-year-old children will begin to lose their baby teeth, which will be replaced soon after by permanent teeth. And many can brush their own teeth (although parent supervision is usually still a good idea), wash themselves, and wipe their own bottoms -- some very big milestones!

Coordination, Motor Skills
A child’s ability to hop, ski, run, and jump really start to develop at this age. (Playtime in yard becomes a whole new ball game -- literally!) At 5 years old, many children will not yet be able to master the skills needed to fully understand the rules of team sports such as baseball or soccer; however, they will be able to have fun playing little-kid versions of sports and games.

As their small muscles become more fine-tuned, a 5-year-old will be able to dress herself, handle buttons, and learn how to tie her shoes (although many kids develop this skill later these days since Velcro has taken over children’s footwear).

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