Age-Appropriate Play

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

Preschoolers are all about imaginative play. They enjoy acting out going to the grocery store, playing house, or being a superhero who saves the day.

What to Watch for:

  • Skipping and hopping
  • Throwing and catching
  • Building block towers
  • Jumping rope
  • Dressing herself
  • Interest in letters, numbers, and the alphabet
  • Using scissors
  • Understanding shapes and sizes

Play This Today:

Nightlight clothes. Few games are as fun for preschoolers as dressing up in Mom and Dad's clothes. To mix problem solving and pretend play, raid your closet for different pieces of clothing that you don't mind spreading out on the floor. Put a flashlight in one of the pieces of clothing, turn it on, and dim the lights. Let your child find the flashlight, identify the article of clothing, guess who it belongs to, and put it on.

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