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Acting Like a Flamingo: The Importance of Balance and How to Exercise It }

Active, Coordinated Movement

Acting Like a Flamingo: The Importance of Balance and How to Exercise It

Balance is such an important skill. It's beneficial to your child's coordination, posture, endurance, and muscle tone, and it even helps work his brain-to-muscle communication. Practicing balance also helps develop his focus and attention as he concentrates on staying in his balanced position. Initially, it was hard for your child to stay on one foot for even a second or two, but as a four-year-old, he may be able to balance for 10 seconds or longer. Encourage him to continue to build his balance skills and take advantage of all the benefits they bring.

Has your child achieved the following Active, Coordinated Movement developmental 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.