Jackson works on his fine motor skills with Toni Mullin, OTR/L

The coordination of the small muscles in the hands and fingers with the eyes is collectively known as “developing fine motor skills.”

Babies begin working on the foundation for these skills in infancy to master them by early childhood. Fine motor skills are needed throughout life for the activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, writing, typing and manipulating small objects.


Babies and children learn and improve fine motor skills in a predictable sequence.  Play time is the perfect time to enjoy your baby and work on fine motor skills as well. Here are some age appropriate activities to promote fine motor skills, but they are only suggestions.  Let your baby’s natural curiosity, and the toys and objects close at hand, shape the interaction.



Infants (0-12 months):

  • Practice reaching for and grasping an object
  • Having child holding and moving a rattle
  • Banging toys together
  • Clapping hands
  • Filling something and dumping it out
  • Turning pages of board book
  • Holding utensils during feeding
  • Pinching food items to eat them


Toddler (12 months – 2 years):

  • Stacking blocks
  • Practicing dressing and undressing with easy clothes
  • Drawing/ scribbling
  • Poking and pinching with Playdough
  • Finger-painting
  • Begin cutting practice


Preschool (2 years – 5 Years):

  • Coloring with crayons working on staying in the lines
  • Puzzles
  • Playing with small toys such as Legos or stringing beads
  • Cutting out shapes in paper
  • Tracing lines on paper


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