The Importance of Motor Skill Development in Children Age 5 – 8
Motor Skill Development and the Impact on the Future
During age 5 – 8, children start to refine the skills they have already learned and begin to apply them to play activities like jumping rope, riding a bike, and climbing a jungle gym. Children at this age also begin organized sports, where having well developed motor skills can translate to increased confidence in all other areas of their life. These skills also go far beyond playing. By building on the movements and skills they have already learned, children begin to apply them to everyday tasks such as getting dressed, feeding themselves, brushing their teeth and even to school activities like drawing and handwriting.
Underdeveloped motor skills or development at a slower pace than normal can be a sign of a motor skill dysfunction, learning disability, or an underlying health issue. If you think your child is not developing typically, it is best to consult your pediatrician.
Developmental Milestones and Exercises to Improve Motor Skills
At age 5, your child should be able to jump, skip, and hop. This is also the age where children’s balance shows the most improvement. Improvements can be evident by your child’s ability to walk backwards, balance on alternating feet, walk heel-to-toe without losing balance, and even riding a two-wheeled bicycle.
Our implementation of motor skill development exercises has made it fun and easy for children to reap the benefits of being active and engaged in a wide range of activities on any of the five attachments. Outlined below are motor skill milestones that typically developed children age 5 – 8 should be hitting. Exercises to improve those skills can be found in the video below, as well as on our Motor Skill Development Program page.