Oh, the preschool years! Your child has made SO many rapid gains since she was an infant, achieving all kinds of developmental milestones along the way — from rolling to crawling to walking to jumping — just to name a few!
The preschool years are when these skills become a little more refined. Children become more balanced, more coordinated, and a lot more confident. Here’s what you can expect from your 3-5 year old.
During this period, your child will become proficient at climbing stairs. She will now be able to go up and down with one foot on each step and will probably be able to do it without holding on as she approaches the end of preschool.
She will be able to stand on one foot for longer periods of time without swaying and leaning all over the place and may even hop, gallop and skip!
Ball skills will improve dramatically, with throwing and kicking becoming much more forceful and accurate and with a bit more coordination between the arms and legs (this is where “step and throw” comes into play).
She may be proficient at pedaling and steering a tricycle and may even be ready to progress to learning to ride a bicycle. Swing sets are tons of fun at this age and not just for swinging but for climbing, hanging upside down, and sliding!
Your child’s fine motor skills are progressing like crazy too at this age. She will have a better grasp on crayons and pencils, working her way toward a tripod grasp using her Super Fingers.
She will be able to copy simple lines, shapes, and letters and will start to show more accuracy with coloring in the lines. By 5 years old, your child has likely settled on a dominant hand and can write her name accurately and independently. She will also start to copy other letters of the alphabet from a model.
Using scissors is no longer a challenge, as older preschoolers and newer kindergarteners are now able to cut on curved lines and can even cut out simple shapes without going off the line!
Kids this age are able to complete all dressing skills and clothing fasteners (buttons and zippers) with little or no assistance, making getting ready in the morning a breeze compared to those toddler years!
In the next few days, we’ll be sharing all kinds of great fine motor, gross motor, and sensory play ideas for the preschool crowd. Put one or two of these into action every day and your kiddo will be off to a strong start when it comes to success at school and at home!