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Locomotor Skills

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Updated May 19, 2014

Toddler's First Steps
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Definition:

Locomotor skills are a category of motor skills. They are a group of movements in which the feet move the body from one place to another. Roughly in order of how children learn them, these skills are:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Hopping
  • Jumping
  • Skipping
  • Galloping
  • Sliding (a sideways gallop)
  • Leaping

Most children learn to walk at approximately one year old, and to run, hop, and jump at two. They begin to master galloping, skipping, sliding, and leaping at about age three. Children need some instruction to learn these skills and lots of opportunity to practice them (but most will think that is fun). Read more about how motor skills develop.

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