Physical development from 3 to 5 years old

At this age, the brain improves pathways needed for balance and coordination so your little one will be able to move their body more skilfully by jumping and climbing.

Little one is also growing skills like timing and doing things in a certain order, needed for more tricky physical activities like throwing a ball.

Their fine motor skills are also improving. These become useful as little one learns to write, draw, build and create in ways that need the hands to do what the brain tells them.

Give little one lots of opportunities to practise both small and large muscle movements because:

  • this strengthens the motor connections in their brain
  • they will get better at doing things like walking backwards, skipping and hopping on one foot.
Published — 25 June 2019 Last updated — 25 June 2019

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