Physical Development ( Fine And Gross Motor Skills

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Typical physical development (fine and gross motor skills) at this age Fine Motor skills: Kearns states in ( pg 186-170) that fine motor skills involve all functions involving the use of the wrist, palm of the hand and fingers. While children at this stage may appear to have endless energy, they can still tire easily, so a balance of rest and activity is still necessary. Some children in this stage may appear unsuitable attempting one skill, while appearing quite accomplished at other skills; for example, they may draw well but have poor ball skills. Gross Motor Skills: In the age of 6 years old, it becomes increasingly difficult to describe changes and differences in motor skills development. The following are assessed during this stage. 1. Running. This will become faster depending on the length of stride and tempo. 2. Jumping. The ability to jump higher will become greater due to body size, weight, age and strength. 3. Throwing. Boys begin to throw further with a better technique and accuracy. 4. Balancing and coordination. This increases as the child becomes older and control is perfected. These areas can benefit greatly from systematic instruction in motor skills, and physical education programs at school. The quality and type of environment a child is exposed to will influence the extent to which the child develops the motor skills learned in the first two stages of development. Furthermore a child 's motor interests will be determined by his or her opportunities.
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