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S.P.L.I.C.E : the six areas of child development

There are many areas that make up a child’s whole development. These areas of development can be easily remembered by the acronym S.P.L.I.C.E, which stands for:

· Social Development

Social development refers to how a child interacts with those around them and their ability to create and sustain relationships.

· Physical Development

Physical development refers to the development of your child’s gross (large) and fine (small) motor skills.

· Language Development

Language development refers to your child’s receptive (listening) and expressive (speaking) skills and their beginning understanding of words and print.

· Intellectual Development

Intellectual development refers to your child’s developing brain! This includes the development of understanding of cause and effect (If I do ___ then ___ happens), the organizing of thoughts, feelings and ideas and their understanding of the world around them.

· Creative Development

Creative development refers to your child’s ability to think creatively, use their imagination, create with various mediums of art and see the world not just for what it is, but for what it could be. This could be through art, drama, imaginative play-the sky is the limit!

· Emotional Development

Emotional development refers to your child’s ability to regulate their emotions, “bounce back” from challenging situations and understand and process their emotions and the emotions of others.

We know that every child develops at their own rate and pace, but are you wondering how you can support your child in these areas of development? Check out our activity sheets created by our skilled team of Early Childhood Educators here.


At Norwood Centre our team of qualified Early Childhood Development Subject Matter Experts work to provide tools that caregivers can use to support early childhood development. We hear you! If you have a question or concern, please ask us. We have a variety of Child Development Activities available on our website, including the topics of Social Development, Physical Development, Language Development, Intellectual Development, Creative Development and Emotional Development. Find them at For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

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