6 - 9 years physical development
During these 'middle years' your child will place great value on his developing physical ability. While he has now mastered all the basic skills he'll need in life - walking, running, climbing, jumping, throwing, pedalling, catching - he will now focus on fine-tuning these skills, along with developing some party tricks of his own such as handstands or cartwheels. The ability to run fast, ride fast, hit a ball with a bat hard, or throw a ball far may be important to him as his peer group will tend to give children with these abilities a higher status.
At this age, he will have high energy levels and he will:
- be able to ride a two wheeler bike without training wheels
- enjoy climbing
- enjoy learning to swim
- have strong ball skills - he will be able to catch and throw confidently
- be able to draw a picture of a house and will include the garden and sky
How can I encourage his physical development?
- Provide him with simple building kits, children's tool kits, dolls and opportunities for playing in cubby houses.
- Encourage your child to play games involving bats and balls.
- Take a footy to the park and have a kick with him.
- Let him help you in the kitchen with simple recipes that he can follow.
- Join him up to a local sporting club.