Chapter 6

The Development of Movement in Stages

Learning to Move

Virtual Lab School: Infant and Toddler Physical Development

The Timeline of Physical Development

HAPPE: Toddlers in Physical Play

Motor Delays:

AAP Information about Motor Delays

Warning Signs of a Physical Delay

Motor Delay: Early Identification and Evaluation

Music and Movement:

Why Movement Matters

Music and Movement for Young Children’s Healthy Development

Beyond Twinkle Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

Music and Movement Activities

Toddler Fingerplays and Action Rhymes

Yoga Kids Website

Why Yoga and Kids go Together

Yoga Journal: Kids

Yoga Journal: Why Kids Need Yoga

The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Children

Additional Readings

Bronson, M.B. (1995). The right stuff for children birth to 8: Selecting play materials to support development. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.

Cranley Gallagher, K. (2005, July). Brain research and early childhood development – A primer for developmentally appropriate practice. Young Children, 60(4), 12-20. 

Parish, L., & Rudisill, M. (2006). Happe: Toddlers in physical play. Beyond the JournalMay 2006, 1-3. Retrieved from

Parlakian, R., & Lerner, C. (2010). Beyond twinkle twinkle: Using music with infants and toddlers. Young Children65(2), 14-19.

Thompson, P.M. & Giedd, J.N. (2000). Growth patterns in the developing brain. Nature, 404, 190-192.