Middle Childhood Intervention: Module One – Typical and Atypical Development

Category — 2.4 Six to Eight 6-12: Motor Skills

Motor Development

Although motor development (see full Glossary) slows down, children continue to refine their fine and gross motor skills. They are, in fact, quite energetic and need to move around quite a bit during the day.


(see full Glossary)

Most children at this age can:

  • ride a bicycle without training wheels (Fig. 1);
  • run very well;
  • stand on one foot for as long as a minute;
  • hop forward on one foot;
  • catch small and large balls from several feet away;
  • jump rope (Fig. 2);
  • combine two or more motor movements (For example: run and kick a ball at the same time);
  • perform somersaults (Fig. 3) and cartwheels (Fig. 4).
riding a bicycle without training wheels
Figure 1. Riding a bicycle without training wheels
jump rope
Figure 2. Jump rope
Figure 3. Somersault
Figure 4. Cartwheel


(see full Glossary)

Most children at this age can:

  • write legibly;
  • copy words with ease;
  • hold a pair of scissors and cut complex shapes with it (for example, letters);
  • use the tripod position (Fig. 5) when holding a pencil or pen;
  • stay inside the lines when coloring;
  • type (Fig. 6)  sentences on a computer keyboard;
  • use an eraser without tearing the page;
  • tie a knot;
  • tie shoelaces (Fig. 7);
  • have good posture (Fig. 8) when writing.
tripod position
Figure 5. Tripod position

using computers

Figure 6. Typing

tie shoelaces

Figure 7. Tying shoelaces

good posture

Figure 8. Good posture

Did you know?

  • Children at this age engage in a lot of intense activities and require an average of ten hours of sleep every night.
  • A child’s muscles are much more coordinated at this age and he or she has good balance.
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