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Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial awareness. Good gross motor skills nourish the mind/body connection needed fo...

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What Gross Motor Skills Should Your Child Master by the Age of Six?

Posted by: Connie McCarthy on Feb 18, 2010 in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy


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Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.

Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial awareness. Good gross motor skills nourish the mind/body connection needed for learning. 

Between ages four and five, your child should be able to demonstrate most of the following gross motor skills:  

  • Ride a tricycle or bike with training wheels
  • Walk on a line
  • Hop on one foot for ten to fifteen seconds
  • Skip
  • Run forward easily
  • Kick a ball
  • Throw a ball
  • Catch a bounced or gently thrown ball
  • Climb the ladder and ride down a slide
  • Walk up and down stairs using alternate feet

Between ages five and six your child should be able to demonstrate most of the following gross motor skills:

  • Begin to ride a two-wheel bike without training wheels
  • Balance on a low balance beam or street curb
  • Skip around objects
  • Hop with ease
  • Jump with ease
  • Jump rope
  • Pump a swing
  • Be able to do skating and sliding motions
  • Run around obstacles
  • Run forward and backward easily
  • Catch an object while moving or turning
  • Do Jumping Jacks
Good, old-fashioned play and simple activities can promote development of these important skills.

 

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