In each section, we have given examples of the skills we would expect to see emerging in babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This will enable them to progress through from the building blocks of each core skill (basic skills) through to achieving the simple and advanced levels.
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands, commonly in activities like using pencils, scissors, construction with lego, doing up buttons and opening lunch boxes. Efficient fine motor skills require a number of independent skills to work together to appropriately manipulate the object or perform the task. Keep reading to find out how fine motor skills emerge (and at approximately what age), and the games you could play to encourage skill development.
Developing the necessary postural stability and visual motor skills that underpin fine motor skills of the hands
Developing the necessary gross motor skills that are the precursors to fine motor skills of the hands, and improving hand-eye coordination
Successfully completing everyday tasks such as buttoning clothes and using tools with ease
Point to pictures in a book
Pull off own socks
Hold own cup and drink with adult assistance
See what activities can help to support this core skill.