What are fine motor skills?

What are fine motor skills?

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills can be described as the development of small muscles, usually in the hands, in coordination with the eyes. Fine motor abilities develop over time starting with primitive reflexes, such as grabbing, and then turning into more precise activities that involve eye-hand coordination. All fine motor activities are built upon four important abilities: Grasping objects, reaching out to objects, releasing objects deliberately, and turning the wrist in various directions. The term “skills” indicates a movement which involves precision in the controlling of the small muscles in the hand, fingers, and thumb. The development of these skills allows a child to complete tasks such as writing, drawing, and buttoning.

Developing fine motor skills during a child’s foundation stage is of vital importance. The reason for this is that as they grow older they will become much more dependent on these skills in order to complete scholastic- and functional tasks successfully and independently.

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