Fine Motor Development


    Fine Motor Skills


    When it comes to using gross motor skills — things like walking, jumping, and running — your little dynamo probably doesn't need much encouragement. But it's equally important that kids work on their fine motor skills — small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements — because they support a host of other vital physical and mental skills. 

    How can you encourage your child's fine motor skills? 

    Let him try his hand at simple tasks, like getting dressed (he can start looping large buttons through buttonholes) and making breakfast (hand him a spatula, a slice of toast, and a jar of jam and let him get busy). 

    Variety is the spice of life, so mix things up once in a while. The activities below, for instance, will build on your child's fine motor skills and encourage new ones.

    Filling up and dumping out
    As your child's daily wake of destruction has made perfectly clear, emptying a container requires a lot less precision than filling one.

    Dressing and undressing
    Little ones love putting things on and taking them off, which you've doubtless discovered if you've ever dressed your child in her Sunday best only to find her stark naked ten minutes later.

    Stacking, sorting, and stringing
    Carefully balancing one block on top of another to placing colored rings on a pole and stacking (and knocking down, of course).