Helping all children become happy learners

Social Interaction and Play Milestones

Introduction

All children develop at different rates and so reaching milestones slower or faster than peers does not necessarily mean that there is reason for concern. Differences of up to 12 months are very normal. However, it can help to identify areas where a child may warrant some additional support particularly when more than 18 months off a chronological milestone.

12 Months

Social Interaction 

Reacts appropriately to happy or cross tones in adult voice  

Shows affection to family  

Will share attention through pointing and verbal sounds

Play 

Repeats actions for stimulus and enjoyment

2 years

Social Interaction 

Wants to investigate and discover  

Engages in verbal turn-taking

Play 

Able to pretend to do things such as drink from a toy cup

Happy to play next to other children

3 Years

Social Interaction

Affectionate towards siblings  

Understands sharing  

Can show they are listening in a conversation

Play 

Vivid make believe play

Connects pretend play into sequences

May involve other children

4 Years

Social Interaction 

Seeking friendship  

Can state simple emotions

Play 

Some co-operative play with peers

5 Years

Social Interaction 

Able to negotiate and manipulate through promises, threats and insults  

Can be protective of younger children

Play

Generally able to play games cooperatively

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