Parents’ Guide to Fine Versus Gross Motor Skills
Motor skills are broken up into two categories: gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Mastering both are important for children’s growth and independence. Watch to learn more about both, and how your child can strengthen their skills!
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The difference between fine and gross motor skills:
Fine motor: Small muscles related to intricate tasks.
Gross motor: Large muscles related to movements.
Fine motor: Found in fingers, lips, tongue, etc.
Gross motor: Found in arms, legs, torso, etc.
Fine motor: Tasks include feeding yourself, turning pages.
Gross motor: Tasks include walking, sitting, throwing.
Activities for fine motor skills:
- Finger painting
- Stacking cups or blocks
- Coloring with crayons
- Rolling balls with play dough
Activities for gross motor skills:
- Doing Tummy Time
- Playing ‘Simon Says’
- Playing on the playground
- Throwing a ball at a target
Good motor control helps with cognitive development and exploring the world.