Introduction to Physical Development in Middle Childhood

What you’ll learn to do: describe physical development during middle childhood
A young girl riding her bicycle down the side of an empty road.

Children enter middle childhood still looking very young, and end the stage on the cusp of adolescence. Most children have gone through a growth spurt that makes them look rather grown-up. The obvious physical changes are accompanied by changes in the brain. While we don’t see the actual brain changing, we can see the effects of the brain changes in the way that children in middle childhood play sports, write, and play games.