Activities for the Physical Development of 6-Year-Olds

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Activities for the Physical Development of 6-Year-Olds
Six-year-olds are active but still somewhat uncoordinated. (young boy learning how to play soccer image by John Steel from

Six year-olds are full of energy and constantly moving. Kids at this age typically resist sitting still, and if they must do so, they will tap their feet, wiggle around and get out of their seats as soon as possible, according to a Washington State Social Services Child Development Guide. They need plenty of physical activity, though they are often clumsy because they haven't fully developed their physical coordination yet.

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Active play helps 6-year-olds burn off energy and develop coordination. Bring your 6-year-old to a playground to swing, slide and climb. Because they are adventurous and creative, yet still somewhat uncoordinated, caregivers should monitor their activity to prevent accidents. Children at this age are sometimes embarrassed when they trip and fall, but caregivers can help by minimising the significance of minor incidents.


Both spontaneous dancing and formal dance classes help children develop physically. Younger children will often dance spontaneously when they hear music, though some 6-year-olds may be self-conscious about this. Formal dance classes can help children develop balance, coordination and strength.


Encourage your child to participate in organised sports, many of which are available through local park and recreation departments. Baseball and soccer not only help children develop physically, but also teach them the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Running, catching and kicking develops muscles and coordination, while following the rules of the game helps them learn to focus. Caregivers can help by cheering for their children, and encouraging them when they strike out or miss a goal.

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