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.