17.04.2018

Physical development in the preschool years

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Parenting articles, news and tips on raising happy, healthy, physical development in the preschool years kids and teens. When a child takes the first step on his or her own, a new phase in development begins. At this stage, children are now free to roam around their world.

It is a time for active exploration of their environment. During this developmental stage, a major challenge is developing what psychologists call emotional regulation. This is also a stage of rapid physical and intellectual development preparing these children for starting school which includes interacting cooperatively with peers while at the same time being able to compete physically and intellectually. A child’s parent is in the position to be a coach providing just the right combination of encouragement, support, and guidance. Why Do Toddlers Hold Their Breath?

The toddler brain is twice as active as the adult brain. The structures of the brain that are sensitive to language and social-emotional response develop. Motor development continues at a rapid pace. Action is the name of the game for toddlers, who delight in running, jumping, climbing and riding. A ride-on toy to zip around on will be a sure-fire hit- whether it’s a low tricycle or a foot-to-floor vehicle in a whimsical bus or car design. Low climbing toys, large balls, and outdoor items like a sandbox or wading pool are also good choices for developing gross motor skills. Take-apart toys, pop-up toys mid simple puzzles gratify toddlers’ curiosity about how things work, reinforcing their eye-hand coordination and understanding of spatial orientation and cause and effect.