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PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Physical development in early childhood encompasses both physical growth and motor skill development. This includes some major advances in gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Walking, obviously, is one of the most significant physical milestones, which most children achieve sometime between the ages of 12 and 15 months.

Soon, the child begins to show a host of more advanced abilities including walking backwards, tossing a ball, jumping in place, and riding a tricycle. Toddlers also become more adepts at activities that require fine motor movements such as scribbling, stacking blocks, using a spoon, and drinking from a cup.

It is important to remember that each child is different and that kids reach developmental milestones at different times. While one child might be ready to start learning to eat with a spoon around age one, another child might need a few more months to be ready to take this step. Just keep encouraging your child to perform new physical activities by playing with him/her.