Normal Childhood Development of Fundamental Movement Skills

Children learn new skills only when their bodies are ready. Some develop early, while others develop late. Parents should only be concerned if children are learning most of their skills beyond the established normal range.

When children have developed enough, they will learn new skills – not before. The rate of development depends on the individual.

The normal age range holds more weight than the average age for when children should learn skills. Some children learn to crawl at five months, while others learn at 11 months. This all fits into the normal range.

There are no advantages or disadvantages to starting early or late as long as the child reaches movement milestones within the normal range. If children are much later than most of their peers in many actions, speak with a health care provider.

Active role models, encouragement and the chance to safely explore their environment will help ensure children develop their physical abilities.

Learn more about the development of fundamental movement skills.