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handFINE MOTOR SKILLS

Two Years Olds

  • little-girl-reading-school-bookTurns pages in a book single
  • Imitates drawing of a circle, vertical and horizontal lines
  • Fingers work together to scoop up small objects
  • Constructs simple two and three piece puzzles.
  • Enjoys short, simple finger play games
  • Strings large beads on a shoelace
  • Building tower of up to 8 blocks
  • Uses whole arm to paint/colour

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • kids-playing-soccerKick large balls
  • Jumps in place
  • Runs without falling
  • Throws a ball without falling
  • Walks up and down stairs
  • Marches to music
  • Tends to use legs and arms as pairs

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Three Years Olds

  • kids-in-art-classCuts paper
  • Builds tower of nine small blocks
  • Pastes using a finger
  • Pours from a pitcher
  • Copies a circle from a drawing
  • Draw a straight line
  • Uses fingers to pick up small objects
  • Draw a person with three parts
  • Strings beads and can arrange by a colour and shape
  • Uses a knife to spread at meal or snack time

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • toddler-on-trike-mdCatches ball with arms extended
  • Throws ball underhand
  • Completes forward somersault
  • Walks upstairs with alternating feet
  • Rides a tricycle
  • Runs, walks, jumps
  • Gallops to music
  • Hops on one foot


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Four Year Olds

  • girl-putting-puzzle-togetherButtons or unbuttons
  • Catches a ball with hands
  • Cuts on line with scissors
  • Completes a six to eight piece puzzle
  • Buckles a belt
  • Zips separated fasteners
  • Adds five parts to an incomplete man

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • Skips on one foot
  • Rides bicycle with training wheels


FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Five Years Olds

  • knifeUses a knife
  • Copies most letters
  • Traces objects
  • Draws crude objects
  • Colours within lines
  • Draws shapes
  • Models objects from clay
  • Laces shoes
  • girls-jumping-ropeTie bows
  • Jumps from heights
  • Jumps rope
  • Walks on stilts
  • Skips
  • Climbs fences

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

student-lights-classroom-jobSix Year Olds

  • Tie bows
  • Hand preference established
  • Reverses letters while printing

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • football-girl-hiEnjoys ball game
  • Plays simple games like hide and seek
For the free man there should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body but enforced learning will not stay in mind. So avoid compulsion and let your children’s lessons take form of play – PLATO