Fine Motor Development

From ages 2-6

Fine Motor Skills in the Pre-school Years

Fine Motor Skills are used by the hands and finders. They allow children the ability to put puzzles together, cut and paste, string beads, etc. These skills are apparent to caregivers in two ways; the way children begin to take care of their bodies, and the drawings the children bring home to put on the refrigerator.
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Self-Help Skills

At different ages in a child's life they will develop new fine motor skills. Below is a chart to show you what skills accompany each age level.

2-3 Usage of Spoon, Zip and Unzip, Can remove or put on jacket or something similar

3-4 Fasten large buttons, serves self food, usage of scissors, drawing lines and circles, can also draw picture of first person

4-5 Usage of fork, cuts with scissors following a line, can copy some letters or shapes

5-6 Usage of knife, can tie shoes, draws more complex person, copies some numbers and simple words


Usually, there is a drawing process that takes place for each child as they develop their drawing skills.

  • Scribbles you will see first.
  • Next you will see some items you may be able to make into a real thing.
  • Then you have some-what realistic drawings you can make out.
These go in order with age, starting as soon as you let your child hold their own crayon, until they can color their own picture around age 5/6.

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Writing or drawing?

How do you know if you child is trying to write or draw? Studies show you cannot tell until about age four when they start to become different. Although at age four most children cannot write words, they will understand that writing is usually done in a line across the page and you will start to see this in their drawings and realize they are now trying to write.