What are fine motor skills?

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in our hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. Fine motor skills involve the movements of small muscles that require your child's brain to coordinate between the action and what they are seeing. Fine motor skills can impact things like holding a fork to eat or using a pencil to write.

Fine motor skills start to develop when a child uses the smaller muscles in their hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. Developing those muscles includes actions like grasping, holding, pressing, or using a pincer grip (holding something between the fore-finger and thumb).

For young children of preschool, kindergarten and early school age, fine motor skill development is extremely important. For a fun way to improve your child's motor skills when it's rainy outside, try making one of these 7 things with them.

Why are fine motor skills important?

Fine motor skills are vital for doing everyday activities like buttoning up a shirt, using utensils to eat, tying shoelaces, cutting with scissors and writing. As adults, we use fine motor skills so often in our daily lives that it’s easy to not realize that the task we are completing requires a certain skill set and the use of certain muscles.

If a young child is unable to do these everyday tasks, it can affect their self-confidence, ability to develop self-care and independence skills, and also their academic performance.

Below you'll find 10 ways to improve your child's fine motor skills. Play dough, puzzle, drawing, lacing, stickerring, washing,