What are gross motor skills?
Gross motor skills are abilities that allow us to do tasks that require whole-body movement and involve large muscles in our torso, legs and arms. Gross motor skills are important for us to do everyday skills, such as walking, running and jumping. Within a child’s initial development stage, you will see the development of gross motor skills through them crawling or walking.
Gross motor skills are related to other abilities too, such as:
- Body awareness
- Physical strength
General physical activity guidelines
Newborn to 2 months: turning their heads on both sides, kicking both legs, moving both arms equally.
3 to 4 months: raising head, rolls from belly to back, turning head both sides while on their belly.
5 months: bringing feet to mouth while on their back, pushing up on hands while on belly.
11 to 12 months: walking with one hand, standing alone for a few seconds.
2 years: walking and running fairly well, jumping with both feet on the ground.
4 years: running and jumping well, can do hopscotch.
Recommendations to help the development of gross motor skills:
By exploring various types of movement, your child can build the confidence and physical competence to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle. Here are a couple of suggestions:
- Obstacle courses
- Playground play
- Bubble play and many more!
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