Milestones: six to twelve

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.

6 years:

  • 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

7 to 8 years:

  • 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

11 years:

  • 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

Source: Craig, G. Human Development. Prentice Hall.

(Ilse Pauw, Health24)

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