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Preschoolers love to explore, learn new activities, and show off their budding skills! Find out what types of motor skills your child may be developing between the ages of three and five years.

Girl learning to ride bike with help from parents

3-4 years

  • Uses larger writing tools, like jumbo crayons or sidewalk chalk, and holds them in a writing position

  • Balances on one foot for a few seconds

  • Rides a tricycle or bicycle with training wheels (remember to use a helmet!)

  • Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step

  • Climbs easily

  • Runs

4-5 years

  • Skips and hops

  • Throws a ball overhand

  • Draws stick figures with a head, body, and legs

  • Catches a ball that is bounced or softly thrown to him

  • Feeds self with utensils

  • Pours water into cup

  • Swings and climbs

QUICK TIP: Gross and fine motor skills develop as your baby grows – and all children develop at their own rate. If you're concerned about your baby’s development, talk to your pediatrician or family doctor.

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