The Power of Parenting

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Fine Motor Development

Fine Motor Development means mastering precise and accurate small muscle movements of the fingers and hands in order to reach, grasp and manipulate small objects.

Typical Skills
  • Draws person with features including head, arms, legs and trunk
  • Cuts and pastes using art materials
  • Paints with a large brush on large paper
  • Manipulates clay, playdough
  • Draws lines, simple shapes and a few letters
  • Dresses and undresses with little help
Emerging Skills
  • Carries a cup without spilling what’s in it
  • Cuts on a line or cuts out simple shapes along an outline with scissors
  • Strings small beads to make a necklace
  • Prints recognizable numbers, letters and words, including her own name

If you do this:
Your preschooler will


  • Give your child sensory materials to play with like sand or water along with different sized containers, sieves and utensils
  • Make playdough for your child, scented with spices (vanilla, mint) and food colouring
  • Enjoy the pleasurable feelings of the materials while learning about volume
  • Learn about the sense of smell and how colours are made while manipulating the dough to make shapes
If you do this:
Your preschooler will


  • Make pencils, crayons and chalk available often
  • Offer a variety of arts and crafts materials for your child to make anything she wishes, e.g., boxes, glue, ribbons, tubes, yarn, scissors, tape, etc.
  • Get used to colouring, drawing pictures or exploring letters and numbers
  • Use her imagination and fine motor skills to make her own creations
If you do this:
Your preschooler will


  • Play board games that involve counting and moving player pieces, e.g., Snakes and Ladders
  • Print your child’s name using dots for each letter that he has to connect
  • Learn the concept of counting forward and backwards in order to win a game
  • Begin to recognize and copy shapes of letters