Gross and Fine Motor Skills

In order for children to be able to walk, run, jump, write and so much more they first need to work on their Gross and Fine Motor Skills.

Gross Motor Skills are ability to control the large muscles of the body in order to do activities such as walking, running, jumping etc.

Fine Motor Skills involve the movement of small muscles in the hand, wrist and fingers.

In order for your child’s fine motor skillsĀ  to function well, they first need to work on their Gross Motor Skills.

So an example of this is before a child can hold a pencil, they need to work on the big muscles of the arm, shoulders and body.

Activities to help with gross motor skills….

  • Catching
  • Throwing
  • Balancing
  • Jumping
  • Climbing
  • Big movement with Mark Making
  • Standing and Using a rolling pin with playdough

Activities to help with fine motor skills

  • Using different size tweezers to pick up rice/pasta
  • Using Scissors to cut
  • Turning pages
  • Cutting playdough with a knife and fork
  • Buttoning up clothes
  • Eating with a knife and fork