Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands, wrists and fingers. They involve the coordinated efforts of the brain and muscles, and they’re built on the gross motor skills that allow us to make bigger movements. Kids rely on these skills to do key tasks in school and in everyday life.
Fine motor skills directly impact how well kids are able to learn and show what they know. Children need to use fine motor skills to do many school-related tasks such as grasping, neatly writing, cutting with scissors, stacking blocks and stringing beads. Kids also need fine motor skills to do daily tasks like getting dressed and brushing their teeth.