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59. Gross Motor Movement

Gross motor movements are to do with movement and co-ordination of the upper body, head, arms and legs. They start to develop almost as soon as your baby is born. Confident gross motor movement is fundamental to a child’s play and forms the foundations for the crucial fine-motor movements (fingers and toes), required for writing later on.

59. Gross Motor Movement

Gross motor movements are to do with movement and co-ordination of the upper body, head, arms and legs. They start to develop almost as soon as your baby is born. Confident gross motor movement is fundamental to a child’s play and forms the foundations for the crucial fine-motor movements (fingers and toes), required for writing later on.

 

We all know exercise is good for us, the same is true for children, even if they can’t walk yet. Giving your child ample opportunity to build their gross motor skills will help them build strong muscle tone and co-ordination as they grow. These are the key gross motor movements to be aware of and encourage:

 

  • Holding head up
  • Lifting and supporting upper body (‘tummy time’)
  • rolling
  • crawling
  • pulling up to stand
  • ‘Cruising’ (walking supported)
  • walking
  • running
  • climbing stairs
  • hopping and jumping
  • kicking a ball
  • riding a scooter and a bike
  • climbing
May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

59. Gross Motor Movement

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