Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are larger movements your child makes with their arms, legs, feet, or entire body. Gross motor involves using the large muscles of the body to perform everyday movements, such as crawling, running, jumping, standing, walking and sitting upright. Gross motor skills also include eye-hand coordination skills such as throwing and catching a ball.
Why are gross motor skills important?
These skills are essential for everyday childhood activities like playing on the playground. A child needs to be able to stand, climb, and coordinate their arms and legs to swing on a swing independently. Difficulty with gross motor skills may impact your child's school day. They may have difficulty sitting upright, engaging in gym or recess activities with their peers or navigating the hallways from one classroom to another. Gross motor skills are dependent upon, but not limited to muscular strength and endurance, coordination, body awareness and balance.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are smaller actions involving the smaller muscles of the hands and include activities such as doing up buttons, tying shoes, using pencils and scissors.
Why are fine motor skills important?
Fine motor skills are critical every day for performing activities such as getting dressed (doing up buttons on shirts and pants), brushing your teeth, eating and writing. Your child may display difficulty with independently doing up buttons or zippers, tying shoelaces, or using utensils.
Is your child meeting their developmental milestones?