Your child makes big progress in major baby movements such as jumping, running, climbing and balancing, during this 25 month old development to 30 month old development phase.
This is due to the continued process of physical, muscular and neurological maturation.
Your child continues to increase in height and put on weight during her third year.
Other children are of great interest to her now. When she sees them engaged in energetic, physical play she wants to get involved too.
To play kid games you encourage your toddler to become more active and be more adventurous with different outdoor play sets.
You can show her how to move her body in ways that enhance her climbing and running skills. If you don't have enough outdoor play areas in your garden, visit the nearest park.
If you have a garden, some large outdoor play sets (like swing and gym sets, outdoor activity toys, slides, climbers, outdoor play houses) are a great help.
All of these strategies will sharpen her appetite for energetic toddler outdoor play, but above all, make sure she spends plenty of time with other children her own age.
There is no bigger incentive to learn for example, how to run faster than the desire to keep up with a friend who races along at a furious pace.
The same applies to all fundamental movement skills watching others with different abilities boosts your childs determination to improve herself.
Its not that she feels direct peer pressure to do better. Children this age rarely make comments about each others physical ability.
Here the effects of peer pressure is that your child involuntarily compares herself with them, matching her skills against her friends skills, and this fills her with a desire for self-improvement.
One of the best physical activities to improve your childs fundamental movement skills at this age, is practice at jumping from outdoor play sets. This requires good balance, coordination of arm and leg movements, planning and muscular strength.
Its also one of those games that fills your child with pride when she manages to propel herself further or higher than she did on previous attempts from the outdoor play set.
Youll have noticed that when she was younger and she tried to jump into the air, she literally couldnt get her feet off the ground.
She stood rooted to the spot, despite strenuous efforts, and looked at you in amazement wondering how you could manage to do it when she couldnt.
This changes, however, during the third year.
It all seems to come together as she succeeds in launching herself into the air and coming down again on the same spot.
Initially, the gap between the soles of her feet and the floor is minimal, but over time this distance gradually increases.
Toddler outdoor play and baby movements is very important at this age.
If you dont already have them, youll certainly need a baby stair gate now at the top and bottom of the stairs in the house.
However, your childs increasing agility means that she soon may be able to climb over them, so you still need to supervise her.
Place a line of small wooden bricks a few centimeters in front of her feet.
Ask her to jump over them.
Even if she can't and she just hit's them, she is unlikely to stumble.
Your journeys are generally slower when your child walks instead of being pushed along in the buggy.
She'll be getting much more practice with her fundamental movement skills.
She enjoys being tickled by you, and she'll roll around the floor as you do this or she may run away in order for you to chase her.
This is a fun way to exercise her fundamental movement skills.
As well as giving your child a little bit of personal responsibility and independence, this regular tasks involves her in whole body movements, including walking, bending, balancing and placing.
She's not very steady on her feet but she'll make an attempt to move quicker when she has the security of knowing you're beside her to support her if she falls.
Be sure to browse through all the baby brain development pages that is broken down in different age groups.
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