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Fine Motor Development for School Age

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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.

Last modified on Monday, January 5, 2015
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