What are Fine Motor Skills?

Fine motor skills involve dexterity of the small muscles in the hands and fingers for concise and coordinated movements. Occupational therapists (OTS) help children develop and strengthen their fine motor skills. OTs are trained in selecting the right challenge fine motor activities based on a child’s specific needs.

Examples of tasks requiring fine motor skills include:

  • Stringing beads
  • Building with small blocks
  • Connecting legos
  • Turning a key inside a lock
  • Tying shoelaces
  • Fastening buttons and snaps
  • Screwing/unscrewing a nut and bolt
  • Drawing, painting, coloring
  • Writing tasks
  • Assembling puzzles
  • Zipping and unzipping
  • Using scissors
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Rolling playdoh into small balls
  • Peeling stickers
  • Picking up objects using small tweezers