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Motor Development

Ten subjects participated in a children's block stacking exercise. The children's age ranged from eighteen-months to six-years-old. Four of those subjects were male. Six subjects were female. The following description of the block stacking demonstration shows the development of the children's abilities over time. The eighteen-month-old male subject demonstrated some interest in the stacking exercise. He quickly stacked a total of two blocks then his attention was no longer directed on the exercise. The two-year-old male slowly stacked a total of nine blocks using one hand and an overhand grip. He was very focused and could either stack or speak but not at the same time. One of the two three-year-old female subjects was very anxious to stack the blocks. She slowly stacked a total of eleven blocks using two hands, one hand at a time and also made small adjustments to the tower she was building. The other three-year-old female was very serious and used a two-hand method in the same manner as the other three-year-old female. She paid very close attention to detail and used an overhand grip. She stacked a total of twelve blocks. The three-year-old male subject was excited and very social. He, too, was anxious to begin stacking the blocks. He slowly and carefully stacked a total of nine blocks, making few adjustments after each consecutive block placed on top of the tower. One four-year-old female subjects was somewhat shy to participate but she slowly stacked a total of ten blocks, using one hand and an overhand grip. However, the other four-year-old female subject demonstrated a stacking method unlike any of the other subjects. She used two-hands, one hand to pick up the block then using two hands to carefully place the block on top of the tower. She quickly stacked a total of twelve blocks and made further adjustments when she was done stacking. The five-year-old female subject quickly stacked a total of twelve blocks very…

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