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Fine motor skills

Fine motor skills are small movements that require precise direction and use the small muscle groups, like muscles in the fingers, hands and wrist. For example, a child grasping, holding a pencil and using the pincer grip to write.

Fine motor skills refer to the coordination and control of small muscle movements, particularly in the hands and fingers. They involve activities such as writing, drawing, tying shoes, using tools, and manipulating small objects. Some examples of fine motor skills include:

  • Pinching and grasping with the fingers and thumb
  • Manipulating small objects with precision and control
  • Writing and drawing with control and accuracy
  • Using tools, such as scissors, tweezers, and paintbrushes
  • Controlling the movement of the fingers and hands for tasks such as typing, playing musical instruments, or performing delicate work.

Fine motor skills are important for everyday activities, school tasks, and even some careers. They also develop with practice and experience, and children typically develop fine motor skills at different rates.

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