Physical Development        

6-8 Years old

9-11 years old

12-14 years old

15-18 years old

Are mastering physical skills


Have more control over large muscles than small ones


Are physically active

Show improvement in large muscle development


Exhibit increasingly small muscle coordination


Are maturing at different rates

Exhibit a wide variety of sexual maturity and growth patterns


Exhibit rapid changes in physical appearance and body function


May experience uneven individual growth patterns

Exhibit slower steadier growth rate and a smaller range in size and maturity among peers


Are concerned about caring for their bodies and body image

Reference:  Youth Works (Kansas State University). (2001).   Lets Start Where They Are, Part 1 [Interactive DVD]