Stages of Development – 6+ Years

Play and Social Skills

  • Is able to initiate play with another child of the same age
  • Has several friends and enjoys playing with them
  • Enjoys playing in a new setting
  • Participates in crafts / activities that involve wet textures, such as glue
  • Is interested in exploring varied environments, such as new playground or friend’s house
  • Is able to play in and accommodate to new social situations
  • Enjoys rough but safe play with peers, siblings, or parents
  • Enjoys playing with new toys
  • Enjoys swinging on playground swings
  • Enjoys playing with a variety of toys intended for children of the same age
  • Is aware of risky and unsafe environments and behavior
  • Is able to think of various ways to play with one toy
  • Pretend play is rich and varied and does not require adult direction
  • Can start and finish age appropriate activities within a reasonable amount of time
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Motor Coordination

  • Coordinates movement needed for quicker sport-like activities (e.g. soccer, kickball, hopscotch, and gross motor video games)
  • Coordinates hand and finger movements needed to participate in table top games and activities
  • Uses appropriate force when playing with peers or pets or when holding objects
  • Is able to maintain good sitting posture needed for school tasks
  • Is able to quickly maneuver around peers moving on the playground
  • Participates in challenging tasks that require balance, such as riding a bike
  • Is able to use fingertips to pick up small objects, such as coins from a table or small game pieces (e.g. Lite Brite)
  • Is able to copy simple designs
  • Participates in fine motor activities such as coloring, writing, and cutting
  • Has an established hand preference

Daily Activities

  • Is able to use utensils to pick up pieces of food
  • Is able to tolerate haircuts and nail cutting
  • Is able to adapt to changes in routine
  • Can take bath or shower, although preference may be present
  • Eats a diet rich in various foods, temperatures, and textures
  • Need for crashing, bumping and moving fast does not interfere with participation in activities and family life.
  • Is able to independently complete everyday tasks that have multiple steps, such as dressing
  • Frequently wakes up rested and ready for a new day
  • Is able to eat without making a mess
  • Is aware when food is on mouth or face
  • Is able to follow multiple step directions when motivated
  • Can organize self and day to accomplish age appropriate tasks independently
  • Can pay attention in a busy environment such as a classroom
  • Enjoys participating in loud fun settings, such as birthday parties
  • Is not overly controlling of daily tasks such as dressing or mealtimes
  • Ties shoes
  • Buttons small buttons
  • Spreads with a knife
  • Cuts soft food with a knife
  • Combs or brushes hair


  • Is able to pay attention and is not distracted by sounds not noticed by others
  • Is able to cope with unexpected change
  • Is able to accommodate unexpected touch by others
  • Uses simple strategies to remain calm when experiencing stress
  • Does not require excessive consoling when upset