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Nice Throw! The Stages of Ball Throwing, from Rolling to an Overhand Throw}

Active, Coordinated Movement

Nice Throw! The Stages of Ball Throwing, from Rolling to an Overhand Throw

Throwing is a skill that children develop gradually. Initially, they may just fling an object away from themselves, without much distance. At this early stage, they don't really understand the idea of throwing at something. As you play games like rolling a ball towards your child and encouraging him to roll it back, he will start to understand that it can be fun to make the ball head towards something. He'll begin with rolling, which can lead to throwing underhand. At last, between the ages of three and four, he will start throwing a ball overhand and become better at aiming as well! Throwing is a skill involving the coordination of many muscles, so it's no wonder it takes a while to get it right.

Has your child achieved the following Active, Coordinate Movement milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.