Fine Motor Development for School Age

Fine Motor Development for School Age Joel Kramer

Fine motor skills have improved during this point, with increased concentration and patience. These improvements in fine motor development allow school age children to focus and develop a wider variety of tasks, using their small muscles (especially arts n craft activities).

Fine Motor Development Milestones from 6 years+

  • copies simple shapes (rectangle, triangle, circle etc.)
  • does more detailed drawings (windows on a house, flowers in a garden etc.)
  • scissor skills have improved (able to cut on curved lines, cuts out shapes and simple designs)
  • is learning to write letters
  • threads and manipulates small and large beads
  • uses a knife and fork together (able to cut using a knife)
  • has a clear preference of using either left or right hand for writing
  • able to brush and comb own hair
  • cuts out irregular shapes, pastes and uses sticky tape
  • writes letters smaller, more regularly spaced and with consistent alignment
  • have independent dressing skills (including being able to tie shoelaces)
  • begins to write in lines
  • guides movement of pencil with pencil rather than arm
  • holds pencil with ease of movement
  • correctly identifies left and right
  • is independent in all aspects of self-care (brushing teeth, combing hair, taking a bath/shower etc.)

For fine motor skills activities that includes drawing, painting, colouring and cutting in a variety of arts n craft experiences should also be encouraged. Overall school age children will continue to develop their fine motor development through a wide range of experiences.

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Last modified on Monday, January 5, 2015

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