Gross Motor Skill Milestones for Preschoolers

3 Years

  • Climb steps, alternating feet
  • Stands on one foot for five seconds
  • Gallops
  • Hops several times on each foot
  • Catches a ball with elbows bent
  • Jumps down off a 24″-high object
  • Runs and stop without falling

4 Years

  • Stands on one foot for 10 seconds
  • Walks on balance beam without stepping off
  • Jumps backward
  • Jumps over things
  • Catches a bounced ball
  • Walks down stairs, alternating feet
  • Does a summersault

5 Years

  • Skips well
  • Begins to jump rope
  • Hops forward several times 6′ or more
  • Catches a small ball with two hands
  • Kicks a ball into the air
  • Walks on tip-toes 15′
  • Does six sit-ups or more