As they grow older, children learn how to move their body in a multitude of ways. Walking, running, skipping and hopping are several gross motor skills that develop over time and practice. You will often see preschoolers engaging in galloping; mostly because it is a locomotor movement that involves multiple steps. The more your preschooler moves, the more joy he will get from exercise and physical activity. Practice galloping using fun activities will get your child used to the rhythm and repetitiveness of the gait, as well as build self-confidence.
Play the tag and chase game with a difference!
Instead of 'running' to tag, 'gallop'!
Demonstrate the gallop to your child before the start of the game. (Note: He may be able to gallop only using one side as the leading side. Encourage him to develop equally in both!)
Dissect the steps of a gallop by teaching your child the movement slowly.
Standing next to each other, choose one foot and step forward. This leg will always be ahead of the other during your gallop.
Bring your back leg up to meet the heel of your front leg. Kick your front leg out and start over again
Note: As your child masters the steps of a gallop, start moving faster together. Now, ask him to try it alone. Clap your hands to keep the rhythm or sing the song "Off to the Races" as he gallops along!
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.