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Gross motor skills

Gross motor skills are movements made using the large muscle groups found in the arms, legs or the whole body. Examples of gross motor skills include crawling, walking, running and jumping.

Gross motor skills are the larger, whole-body movements we use to move around in the world. These skills are developed early in life, and they allow us to control our bodies and interact with our environment. Some examples of gross motor skills include:

  • Walking, running, and jumping
  • Balancing and climbing
  • Kicking, throwing, and catching objects
  • Riding a bike, rollerblading, or skateboarding
  • Playing sports that involve large muscle movements, such as basketball, soccer, or dance.

Gross motor skills are important for overall physical development and coordination, as well as for building strength, endurance, and balance. These skills also play a role in the development of cognitive and social skills, such as problem-solving, spatial awareness, and social interaction.

Babies start developing gross motor skills very early on! Here are some examples:

  • Birth to 3 months: Lifting head and chest when placed on their stomach.
  • 3 to 6 months: Rolling from their back to their stomach and vice versa.
  • 6 to 9 months: Sitting up with support and reaching for objects.
  • 9 to 12 months: Pulling themselves up to a standing position and taking their first steps.

These skills continue to develop and improve as a child grows, allowing them to move with more control and coordination as they get older. It's pretty amazing to watch!

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