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Fine Motor Skill

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child can complete important tasks such as writing, buttoning and zippering. These abilities gradually develop through experience and exposure to a variety of materials.

Why is fine motor skill development important? Little hands need to develop dexterity and strength. We, as parents or caregivers, can help this process by encouraging children to play, explore and interact with a variety of items. Toys, clothing fasteners, safe scissors and play dough are all tactile examples of practices that facilitate fine motor development. Even doing age appropriate tasks in the kitchen are great ways to help build fine motor skills. These types of “play” activities and manipulation skills will help prepare a child to hold and use a crayon. The ability to do so is the first step in learning to colour, draw and ultimately write.

- Patty Bunce, a National Presenter for Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) Level One Certified

                If you think that your child might have problems of fine motor skill, question yourself.

  • Have you ever questioned why your child holds a pen in such an awkward way?
  • Does your child handwriting is messy?
  • Is your child struggle with dressing with their ow n?
  • Does your child tie shoe lace on their own?
  • Child has difficulty when using scissors?
  • Is your child fatigue quickly when typing or using a mouse on computer?
  • Does your child have slow writing skills?


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