Five Tips to Improve Fine Motor Skills

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Fine motor skills require using (and coordinating) the muscles in fingers, hands and forearms.  The term “fine motor skills” refers to the movements your child makes using the small muscles in her hands and forearms, examples include unbuttoning an buttoning a shirt.  The activities below, will build on your child’s fine motor skills and encourage new ones.

  • Drawing and Coloring Strengthen Fine Motor Skills
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Scribbling and drawing strengthen hand and finger muscles.
  • Stacking and sorting
  • Cutting and pasting pictures

Variety is key, so mix things up once in a while. These skills are important in most school activities as well as in life in general. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to eat, write legibly, as well as personal care.

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