What to expect
Between the ages of five and eight, your child will probably:
- be able to ride a two-wheeler bike
- like to climb and swim
- be able to throw and catch a ball
- start to enjoy organised games and team sports.
You can expect your child to be completely his own person in what he wants to do. But research tells us that, generally, boys are often drawn to activities where they can run fast or play confidently with a ball. Girls are more likely to enjoy swinging on bars, doing handstands or skipping.
At around the age of eight, your child might also be interested in team sports. At this age your child might also want to try lots of new activities, such as skateboarding and rollerblading. It’s important to remind your child to wear a helmet and wrist and knee pads when doing these activities.
If you have any concerns about your child’s physical development it would be a good idea to consult your health professional.