What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor development refers to movements involving smaller muscles – like those in the hands, wrists and fingers used to manipulate small objects. The development of fine motor skills allow kids to:

  • Stack blocks
  • Grip peg-puzzles
  • Thread & lace beads
  • Eat with a spoon, knife and fork
  • Hold a crayon, pencil
  • Scribble, draw, write or paint

They are seen as an important aspect of pre-school development and key for school readiness and academic achievement.

Kids who participate in more fine motor activities usually have better skills – particularly kids who do craft activities like threading and drawing, and kids who play with small toys that need to be dressed using fine motor manipulations like buttons and clips.