Large Motor Movement

Large Motor Skills Age Norms

Throws a:

  • 2.6 large ball 4-5 feet
  • 2.9 large ball 5-7 feet
  • 4.0 small ball (tennis ball) about 10 feet
  • 4.9 ball into medium size container. (example: trash can)
  • 5.0 small ball (tennis ball) about 20 feet

Balances on one leg without help for:

  • 2.9 two seconds
  • 3.0 five seconds
  • 4.6 ten seconds

Kicks a large ball forward:

  • 2.9 rolling ball
  • 4.6 stationary ball while child is running

Walks alone on the stairs:

  • 2.9 with both feet on each step, up and down the stairs
  • 3.0 upstairs holding rail, 1 foot per step, alternate feet
  • 3.0 downstairs holding rail, 1 foot per step, alternating feet

Climbs up playground equipment without help:

  • 2.9 small ladders, jungle gum, and 4 ft slide

Walks/Balances on tiptoes:

  • 3.0 walks on tiptoes for 3 steps
  • 3.9 walks on tiptoes for 5 steps
  • 4.3 balances on tiptoes for 3 seconds

Jumps:

  • 3.0 over 2-inch high objects
  • 3.0 back 1 time
  • 4.0 over 6-inch high objects
  • 4.0 forward 10 times
  • 5.6 rope 2-3 times

Walks heel-to-toe in a straight line:

  • 3.0 3 steps forward
  • 4.0 more than 3 steps forward

Catches thrown ball:

  • 3.0 a large, bounced ball with hands, arms, and body
  • 3.0 a large ball with arms and body
  • 4.9 a bounced ball two times and catches it 1 of 3 trials
  • 4.9 a large ball with both hands only
  • 5.0 a tennis ball with hands only

Rides a:

  • 3.0 tricycle using pedals
  • 5.0 bicycle with pedals and training wheels

Hops on preferred foot without falling for:

  • 3.6 2 hops
  • 4.3 3-6 hops
  • 4.6 10 hops

Jumps forward without a running start:

  • 3.0 6-8 inches
  • 4.6 10-15 inches
  • 5.0 24 inches

Walks on straight line for:

  • 3.6 10 feet

Performs physical activities:

  • 4.0 somersaults forward without help

Swing:

  • 4.6 by himself/herself, with pumping

Jumps and runs:

  • 5.9 in rhythm to simple tunes

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