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.
Babies and toddlers go through significant development to progress from standing unaided to become an energetic pre-schooler running and safely navigating space. Keep reading to find out how the skills for walking and running emerge (and at approximately what age), and the games you could play to encourage skill development.
Babies learn to bear weight on their feet and cruise along furniture gaining in stability.
Walking pattern becomes more mature alongside a growing ability to navigate safely through their environment
A mature cross lateral running pattern should be present – arms and legs on opposite sides are working together
Walking alone – feet only slightly apart. Hands are lower down
Walking – stopping and starting safely
Run – but it is more like a hurried walk
Walk carrying a large toy
Run – head held up, eyes on the ground in front. Not yet good with obstacles
Walk upstairs with a helping hand.
See what activities can help to support this core skill.