What Are Fine Motor Skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands to appropriately manipulate an object or perform a task.


Getting dressed is an activity necessary for daily living. When a child has fine motor difficulties, he/she often has difficulty with the following ta [...]


Handwriting evolves as a child develops fine motor skills. A child progresses from being able to isolate the index finger and thumb to grasp objects a [...]

Self Feeding

Self-feeding is an important milestone that most babies are ready to pursue at around 7-8 months.  A baby is ready when he or she can sit up indepen [...]

Visual Motor

Visual motor skills involve hand and eye coordination to complete tasks such as copying, drawing, completing patterns, stacking, etc. View Visual Mot [...]



Birth - 3 Months

Hands are in a fist, thumbs are tucked in; watches movements of her hands and can bring the hand to her mouth; follows a moving person with her eyes; holds objects in hands

3 - 6 Months

Picks up objects with one hand; transfers objects from one hand to another; looks at objects a few feet away; olds hands together; reaches for a toy using both arms and holds it briefly

6 - 9 Months

Rakes tiny objects with fingers; uses thumb and fingertips to grasp objects; holds 2 objects (one in each hand, at the same time); uses 2 hands to pick up large objects

9 - 12 Months

Puts small objects in cup or other container; turns book pages a few at a time; pokes and points at things using index finger; grabs crayons in fist

12 - 18 Months

Builds tower of 2 or more blocks; marks a piece of paper with a crayon and scribbles imitatively; stacks 2-3 cubes; can hold an object with one hand and manipulate it with the other hand

18 - 24 Months

Starts using fingers and thumb to grasp crayons; imitates vertical and circular scribbles; turns pages of a book one at a time; strings 1-3 inch beads; cuts paper using scissors; builds tower of 3-5 blocks

3 - 4 Years

Cuts across paper with small scissors; draws or copies a complete circle

4 - 5 Years

Prints first name; draws a person that has at least 3 parts (head, eyes, nose, etc.); draws recognizable pictures

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