5 - 6 years physical development
By the time she starts school, your child will be physically confident and proud of her achievements. At this age, she will still misjudge the extent of her abilities and so accidents are common.
- She is a confident at climbing, sliding, swinging and dancing and gets a lot of enjoyment out of being active.
- She loves to show you what she can do.
- She can balance on one foot for a short time.
- She can hop on both feet separately.
- Her fine motor skills have developed enough that she can write and draw in a controlled manner.
- She is learning to colour-in while staying in the lines.
- She is learning to skip with a skipping rope.
- She is learning to catch a medium size ball.
How can I encourage her physical development?
- By the time she starts school, your child will usually be clearly right or left handed. Don’t try to force her to change as this will only confuse her and may cause a delay in her learning.
- Encourage her fine motor skills by giving her plenty of opportunities to cut, draw and colour-in.
- Play games that involve sorting objects, matching shapes and letters.
- Give her lots of opportunities to enjoy music through singing and dancing.
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