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Motor Skills: Big and Small Body Movements
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Toddlers are known for not being still – at least not for long. Here’s what to look for at this stage in terms of your toddler’s big and small body movements and abilities.

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Watch out world, here comes your toddler! Look for these big and small motor skills at this age (one and two year olds):

  • Walking with more independence

  • Bouncing to music, twirling around

  • Feeding self, using a spoon and cup

  • Pushing self with feet while sitting on a riding toy

  • Building towers out of blocks, molding clay into shapes

  • Waving goodbye

  • Playing games with coordinated hand movements, like pat-a-cake

  • Turning pages in a book

  • Turning light switches on/off

  • Climbing up stairs and using rail to walk down stairs

  • Beginning to run

  • Holding marker or crayon to scribble and copy lines

  • Kicking and throwing a ball

  • Helping with dressing and undressing.

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QUICK TIP: Remember that every toddler is unique and may develops at different rates. If you're concerned about your child's development in any way, talk to your pediatrician or family doctor.

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