• 5 years old




Developmental Milestones

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  • Child will begin to use a table knife to cut foods.
  • Children will use a fork and spoon accurately.
  • Able to scoop, poke, and stab with a fork.

Ideas for Learning and Growth

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  • Eat meals with your child and enjoy family time talking together.
  • Give the same meal to everyone. Avoid screen time (TV, tablets, phones, etc.) during mealtime.
  • Let your child help prepare the healthy foods and enjoy them together.


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  • You know your child best. Don’t wait. If your child is not meeting one or more milestones, has lost skills he or she once had, or you have other concerns, act early.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor, share your concerns, and ask about a developmental screening.

If you or the doctor are still concerned: 

  1. Ask for a referral to a specialist who can evaluate your child more; and
  2. Call your local Missouri public elementary school in which your family resides and ask for a free evaluation to find out if your child can get services to help.

What's Next?

Download the Milestone Tracker app today!

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with the CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from the CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun.


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