Gross Motor

Adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics
These milestones generally represent mean (or average) age of performance of these skills.  That does not mean that every child will be performing these skills at this age; some will do so earlier and some later.

OT Mom has some great ideas for improving gross motor skills and coordination skills at home!

Exercises:  these activities help to develop strength and stability in the shoulders and upper body through weight bearing postures on the hands.  In turn, this provides a good base from which fine motor movements can occur.  Click on the word "exercises" for a list including pictures!

Animal Walks: imitating various animals promotes exercise, develops strength and stability, and encourages imagination!  Here are a few suggestions:

Can you think of any other animal walks?

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