Fine Motor Milestones
When looking at development, keep in mind that milestones should be considered a guideline. Just as some toddlers are ready to speak earlier than others, fine motor skills vary from child to child. Plus, readiness to develop fine motor skills depends on a child's interests. A child who loves books may excel at reading at a young age, but may struggle to work fasteners on clothing. Developmental milestones are considered to be a general guide to help us monitor a child's growth and maturity.
"Stages, not Ages", is a great way to look at any types of milestones!
Just as some toddlers are ready for potty training earlier than others, fine motor skills vary from child to child. Plus, readiness to develop fine motor skills depends on a child's interests. A child who loves books may
A pincer grasp is seen when the thumb and first two fingers meet. As grasp matures, we develop an “open web space” (see picture to the left). Do you see how thumb and forefinger make a circle? This enables kids to easily straighten and bend fingers. A “closed web space” inhibits finger movement.
Pincer grasp can be improved through any activities that encourage a child to hold small objects between her thumb and fingers. Suggestions include tearing paper, playing with Unifix cubes, Lego, K'Nex, stringing Cheerios, and writing with short crayon pieces to promote an “open web space”.