Physical development from 2 to 3 years old

The motor pathways in your little one’s brain are working more quickly and clearly. This helps them have better control and coordination of small movements.

Your child’s movements will be less clumsy at this age because the brain is getting better at sending and receiving information.

Give them space and encourage different ways for your little one to do small and big movements because:

  • practise helps the brain hold on to the messenger cells and makes stronger connections between them
  • little one enjoys practising small movements – finger painting, painting with brushes, playdough, drawing, blocks, pressing buttons, stringing beads, musical instruments, dress ups
  • little one loves to practise running, jumping, hopping, climbing and carrying objects.
Published — 04 April 2019 Last updated — 04 April 2019

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