This edition: The Play Years: Biosocial Development
The lesson focuses on the physical development of children during the play years. Between the ages of 2 and 5, children’s bodies slim down and elongate. Their gross and fine motor skills are much improved. Children at this age can dress themselves and demonstrate improved coordination, such as hopping on one foot. Creative expression, such as drawing with crayons, demonstrates their newly acquired fine motor skills. This lesson also introduces the topic of child maltreatment and neglect. When caregivers harm children or endanger them in ways that can be avoided, this maltreatment can have long-term consequences on children’s physical development.