5 to 10 Years
Developmental Stages & Accomplishments
• Child has a growing sense of self and ability.
• Strength, motor skills and coordination develop
at their own rate. Children the same age my not
have the same skills or abilities.
• Starts looking to friends for peer acceptance.
- Teach kids how to walk safely: look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Children under 10 years need to cross the street with an adult.
- Teach kids not to run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting.
- Enroll your child in swimming lessons when you feel your child is ready.
- Teach kids never to go near or in water without an adult present.
- Make sure your home pool or spa has a proper drain cover.
- Bring a water bottle and take regular breaks.
- Know signs and symptoms of dehydration and get medical care immediately: muscle cramping, faintness or dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat.
- Make sure to have the right equipment and wear it for both practice and games.
- Know the signs and symptoms of concussion and seek medical care immediately.
- Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach the top limits for height and weight of the car seat before switching to a booster seat.
- Keep kids in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Keep your child in a booster seat until he/she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly (or at least until the age of 8 years old).
- Never leave child alone in or around vehicles.
- Keep cleaning products in their original containers.
- Safely throw away old medicines and other poisons.
- Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids.
- Save the Poison Help Line in your phone, 1-800-222-1222.
- Keep medicine, cleaning agents, paints, and other chemicals out of the reach of children.
- Install safety latches/devices where dangerous items are stored.
- Do not allow children to use a microwave by themselves until they are both tall enough to reach it safely and able to understand that steam can cause burns
- Actively supervise bigger kids in the kitchen and around electrical appliances
- Keep gasoline and lighters in a safe place and out of reach of children.
- Teach children never to play with matches, lighters or fireworks.
- Install working smoke alarms in all rooms.
- Cover electrical outlets and keep cords out of reach of children.
- Always place hot fluids or foods in a safe place before carrying or holding child.
- Store guns out of the home, or keep unloaded and locked in a place separate from ammunition
- Teach child never to touch a gun, tell an adult if you see one
- Talk to family and friends about safe gun storage