Gross Motor Development: Your Pre-schooler at 4 to 5 Years

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Rides a tricycle without bumping into things
  • Bounces, throws and catches a large ball
  • Starts, stops and changes direction smoothly when running
  • Climbs playground equipment without any difficulty
  • Jumps forwards and backwards for short distances

Emerging Skills

  • Walks up and down stairs, alternating feet without support
  • Jumps down from half metre high
  • Skips for a distance
  • Kicks a soccer ball
  • Hops on one foot

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