Every child develops differently, but there are general guidelines that pediatricians, therapists, and developmental specialists follow to ensure that your child is progressing with these skills.
What should you expect? What kind of play experiences can you provide to help promote these skills? Great questions! And that’s why we’re here to help!
Below, you’ll find links to the different developmental milestones for children of different age groups from 1 through 5. Learn more about the skills that are developing at each age and then find tons of great sensory, gross motor, and fine motor activities designed to promote the skills for that age range.
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES AGES 1-2 || Amazing changes happen between the first and second years of childhood as your baby’s nerves and muscles learn to work together and motor skills start to take off!
- 10 GREAT SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
- GROSS MOTOR SKILLS: 10 ACTIVITIES FOR 1 & 2 YEAR OLDS
- FINE MOTOR SKILLS: 10 ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES AGES 2-3 || For kids ages 2 and 3, it’s all about play! The developmental milestones your toddler has already achieved mean that he has become increasingly independent and is able to engage in play activities for longer periods of time without needing so much of your guidance. And when kids are playing, they’re learning!
- 10 FUN SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR 2 & 3 YEAR OLDS
- GROSS MOTOR SKILLS: 10 ACTIVITIES FOR 2 & 3 YEAR OLDS
- FINE MOTOR SKILLS: ACTIVITIES FOR 2 & 3 YEAR OLDS
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES AGES 3-5 ||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.
- SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
- FINE MOTOR SKILLS: ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
- 10 GREAT GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Want to learn even more about child development and developmental milestones for kids? Check out our ABCs of Development page!
Looking for the perfect gift for a special child in your life? Our popular gift guide for promoting healthy development will help you find just what you’re looking for. We have them divided into skill areas: sensory, fine motor and gross motor. You’re sure to find something new that you have never seen before and we guarantee that every toy on these lists is 100% pure fun!!
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