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Roadmap: Gross motor development

Alexis Ralphs Jan 01 • 7 min read
Roadmap: Gross motor development

As they move from babyhood to toddlerhood, your child’s limbs and torso gain strength and co-ordination. Soon they will be running, jumping and dancing and otherwise taking delight in their body's movements.

A strong, stable torso and arms are also pre-requisites for the fine-motor control that forms the basis of good writing and it's not possible to sit and pay attention in class if you can't hold your body still.

You don't need any special equipment. A climbing frame in the garden is fun but not essential. The same goes for trampolines, balance bikes and scooters. What's important is to offer a variety of challenges. As ever, time spend outside in the natural world is hard to beat.

Before you know it they will be climbing, using arms and legs to scale everything from stairs to trees.

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