Physical Development

By: Jordan Schulte

Physical Development Milestones

3 Years Old

  • Walks with an adult style
  • Runs around obstacles
  • Rides a tricycle

4 Years Old

  • Running is more controlled
  • Turns somersaults
  • Can easily catch, throw and bounce a ball

5 Years Old

  • Walks on tiptoes
  • Walks on a balance beam
  • Skates and jumps rope

How Could You Promote Development?

  • Provide a play environment that encourages lots of time and space for energetic and noisy play
  • Set aside family time for a hike, walk, or visit to a nearby park
  • Discourage inactivity by limiting TV viewing and video/computer game playing to less than two hours a day
  • Invite children to help with dish washing


  • Listen. Start making observations and deal with any concerns you have.
  • Always be supportive, never judgemental
  • Avoid jargon, labels , and terminology
  • Keep it positive

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