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Physical Development. Involves the growth and change in a person’s body and bodily functions. Physical development involves both physiological and motor development. Motor Skills. Are skills which enable us to move and control our bodies.

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physical development
Physical Development

Involves the growth and change in a person’s body and bodily functions.

Physical development involves both physiological and motor development.

motor skills
Motor Skills
  • Are skills which enable us to move and control our bodies.
  • They can be divided into gross (large) and fine(small) motor skills.
  • Both gross and fine motor skills require practise and opportunity to develop muscle strength, balance and co-ordination.
gross motor skills
Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills involve co-ordination of the large muscles. For example: crawling, walking, climbing, etc.

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fine motor skills
Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills involve co-ordination of the small muscles (manipulation). For example: grasping, turning knobs, drawing, etc.

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physical changes during infancy
Physical changes during Infancy

The infant’s growth:

  • A period of rapid growth
  • Weight usually doubles by 6 months and is three times birth weight by 12 months
  • Length and height changes are equally rapid
  • Muscles, bones and nerve tissues mature

(See: Kearns, 2010 Birth to big school pages 80 – 98)

fostering physical skills of infants
Fostering Physical Skills of Infants

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Fostering Physical Skills of Infants

Educators need to:

  • Provide a balanced , nutritious diet
  • Follow infant’s lead in exploring the physical environment
  • Offer appropriate encouragement
  • Provide a clean, safe and stimulating environment
  • Provide variety
  • Allow for repetition and mastery
  • Include music to stimulate movement
  • Monitor each child for a range of physical skills and note frustrations etc.
gross motor development during toddlerhood
Gross Motor Development During Toddlerhood

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Gross Motor Development During Toddlerhood

The Toddler:

  • Walks well with feet slightly apart
  • Stops for obstacles
  • Walks backwards
  • Displays much energy
  • Show more flexibility at knees and ankles
  • Displays better balance
  • Now runs
  • Walks upstairs (two feet per step)
  • By 30-36 months walks downstairs
  • Jumps off bottom step, one foot leading

the other

  • Kicks a large stationary ball
  • Pushes a tricycle along with feet

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supporting toddler s gross motor skills
Supporting Toddler’s Gross Motor Skills

Educators need to provide a range of play equipment:

  • Wooden tricycles
  • Trolleys
  • Stepping stones
  • Large balls
  • Bean bags
  • Small tunnels
  • Large cardboard boxes

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fine motor development during toddlerhood
Fine Motor Development During Toddlerhood

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Fine Motor Development During Toddlerhood

The Toddler:

  • By 18 months uses a spoon well
  • Builds with stacking blocks
  • Pushes in large puzzle pieces
  • Strings large beads with a stiff threader
  • Uses two hands to cut with scissors
  • Grasps a pencil between thumb and forefinger (pincer grip)
  • Hammers large knobs and wooden pegs and turn knobs
  • Undresses well though finds dressing more difficult
supporting toddler s fine motor skills
Supporting Toddler’s Fine Motor Skills

Educators need to provide or encourage:

  • Spoon and cup play in both dramatic play and in the sandpit
  • Appropriate sized buttons and zippers

on clothing

  • Puzzles with large pieces
  • Large beads for threading
  • Thick paint brushes
  • Nesting cups
  • Water play

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gross motor development during the preschool years see kearns 2010 handout pages 18 24
Gross Motor Development during the Preschool Years(See Kearns 2010 handout – pages 18-24

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fine motor development during the preschool years see kearns 2010 pages 18 24
Fine Motor Development during the Preschool YearsSee Kearns 2010 pages 18-24

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motor development during middle childhood
Motor Development During Middle Childhood
  • Children develop, refine and find

new ways to extend basic skills

gained in early childhood

(running, balancing, hopping, drawing)

  • Skill development can be observed

through ball play, bike riding, skipping,

dancing, writing etc.

  • There are a wide range of individual

differences related to practice and

inherited characteristics

  • Boys tend to be stronger than girls but

girls display more muscular flexibility

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