Tips for Parents: Physical Development

In school children will be writing their name, cutting shapes, painting masterpieces, riding tricycles, and bouncing balls. They need daily opportunities to use their large and small muscles.

At home you can provide opportunities for your child to:

  • Play on outdoor equipment at the park
  • Catch, throw, and bounce different sized balls
  • Practice jumping rope
  • Skip, hop, run, and gallop
  • Ride tricycles and two-wheeled bicycles
  • Pump on the swing
  • Use crayons, markers, pencils, and pens
  • Cut pictures from magazines
  • Dress her/himself
  • Brush his/her teeth
  • Use a spoon and fork at mealtime