Parents’ Guide to Fine Versus Gross Motor Skills
Parents’ Guide to Fine Versus Gross Motor Skills is part of our Parents’ Guide series. View the entire series for quick videos, packed full of development info and tips.
Fine Motor – small muscles related to intricate tasks found in fingers, lips, tongue, etc. Fine motor tasks include feeding yourself and turning pages.
Activities for fine motor skills:
- Finger painting
- Stacking cups or blocks
- Coloring with crayons
- Rolling balls with play dough
Gross Motor – Large muscles related to movements found in arms, legs, torso, etc. Gross motor tasks include walking, sitting, and throwing.
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. The development of both fine and gross motor skills allow a child to explore the world.