FINE MOTOR SKILLS DEFINED
If gross motor skills are large movement skills, then it makes sense that fine motor skills are small movement skills. When we talk about fine grains of sand or fine cracker crumbs, “fine” describes the small size of the pieces. Fine motor skills describes the movements we learn with small muscles in our body, specifically the muscles of the fingers and eyes. These skills are extremely important because they develop hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. These are the basis for important life skills such as writing, manipulating objects, dressing and grooming. Examples of fine motor skills in babies include:
- holding toys
- putting toys in mouth
- picking up coins
- eating cheerios
- grasping with thumb and finger
These fall into the Stellar Caterpillar “Top 10 Movement Skills” list under “grasping and reaching” and “eating.” The development of fine motor skills in babies facilitates the development of fine motor skills in toddlers and older children. School activities using fine motor skill development include writing, turning pages in a book, and using a computer.
Read stellarcaterpillar.com and learn how to guide your baby to master the milestones for skilled fine motor development. In a few years this well get baby off to a great start in school!