Any action using the hands starting with primitive gestures such as grabbing objects, to more precise activities that involve hand-eye coordination and a redefined use of the small muscles are fine motor skills. These skills are required to complete tasks such as writing, drawing, buttoning a shirt, grabbing, or taking hold of an object with the thumb and forefinger.
Activities for Infants (Birth to 12 months):
Hand him toys with varied shapes and sizes, toys he can hold, grasp, and tinker with. Preschool teacher Teena Valdez-Panga suggests letting babies grab and let go of each toy by throwing it off the playpen. Parents can boost toddlers’ fine motor skills by letting them explore bigger toys and exposing them to construction toys such as big blocks.
Dr. Arlin de los Angeles, M.D., pediatrician, St. Luke’s Hospital
Feny delos Angeles-Bautista, early childhood development specialist and school director, Community of Learners School for Children
Teena Valdez-Panga, preschool teacher, Community of Learners School for Children
Your Child’s Development From Birth Through Adolescence, by Richard Landsdown and Marjorie Walker (1991)