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21 February 2011

Milestones: six to twelve

During middle childhood, children refine motor skills acquired during early childhood and gain greater control over their bodies and fine motor skills.

During middle childhood, your child will refine motor skills acquired during early childhood. Children gain greater control over their bodies and fine motor skills improve considerably. Have a look at the milestones for this age group.

  • Steady increases in height and weight
  • Steady growth in strength for both boys and girls
  • Growing awareness of the placement and actions of large body parts
  • Increased use of all body parts
  • Improvement in gross motor skills
  • Performance of motor skills singly

  • Steady increase in height and weight
  • Steady increase in strength for both boys and girls
  • Increased use of all body parts
  • Refinement of gross motor skills
  • Improvement in fine motor skills
  • Increasing variability in motor skill performance but still performed singly
  • The brain is 90% of its adult size.

9 to 10 years:

  • Growth spurt begins for girls
  • Increase in strength for girls accompanied by loss of flexibility
  • Awareness and development of all body parts and systems
  • Ability to combine motor skills more fluidly
  • Balance improvement

  • Girls generally taller and heavier than boys
  • Growth spurt begins for boys
  • Accurate judgement in intercepting moving objects
  • Continued combination of more fluid motor skills
  • Continued improvement of fine motor skills
  • Continued increasing variability in motor skill performance

 
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