Kids health

Motor skills quiz: Is your child on track?

Find out which fine and gross motor skills your child should have mastered.

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Wondering if your tot is on track when it comes to age-appropriate fine and gross motor skills?

Read our story Motor skills: What’s normal and what’s not?” then see our chart below for a sampling of some of the tasks your child should be able to master:

AGE TWO

Gross motor: Walk up and down stairs while holding rail; climb; run with feet wide

Fine motor: Scribble with a crayon; feed self with a spoon

AGE THREE

Gross motor: Pedal a tricycle; jump from a small step

Fine motor: Snip with scissors; put on shoes

AGE FOUR

Gross motor: Catch a ball; walk downstairs with alternating feet

Fine motor: Use the toilet independently; eat with a fork; hold a pencil

AGE FIVE

Gross motor: Hop; catch small balls; walk on tiptoes

Fine motor: Brush teeth and hair; fasten buttons and zippers

AGE SIX

Gross motor: Skip; perform a running kick; stand on one foot for 10 seconds

Fine motor: Begin to tie laces; use a knife to spread; print name

— Source: CanChild

Find more helpful info at dcd.canchild.ca

A version of this article appeared in our January 2014 issue with the headline “Is it a stage or is it a symptom?” p.29.

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