In each section, we have given examples of the skills we would expect to see emerging in babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This will enable them to progress through from the building blocks of each core skill (basic skills) through to achieving the simple and advanced levels.
In this section we explore how the large muscles of the legs and core strengthen to progress from learning to push feet into the ground to rise, through to jumping with increasing height and distance. Keep reading to find out how the skills for jumping emerge, what these emerging skills look like, and the games you could play to encourage skill development.
Learning to push feet down into the ground to rise
Learning to push downwards to leave the ground momentarily.
Increasing distance, height, speed or changing direction
Jump from a low surface eg a step
Simple small jump upwards from a standstill with both feet together
Jumping forward a short distance ( 7- 10 cm)
Bends knees to squat down with complete steadiness and rise back up without using hands.
See what activities can help to support this core skill.