Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills can be described as the ability to use the small muscles of the hand for activities such as handwriting, drawing, cutting, feeding, dressing, and playing with small manipulatives that require hand strength and dexterity to complete a task.

Some examples of activities a young child may play with are stringing beads, lacing boards, stacking blocks, and assembling legos together.

Children need fine motor skills in order to dress themselves. They need to be able to have adequate hand strength to snap pants. Good dexterity is needed to button clothes and zip up jackets.

Children also need adequate fine motor skills in order to feed themselves. They need to be able to hold a fork, knife, and spoon with an appropriate grasp. They also need proper hand strength, control and bilateral coordination to cut pieces of food.