Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Fine Motor Skills

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands, commonly used in activities like involving pencils, scissors, construction with Lego or Duplo, doing up buttons and opening lunch boxes.

Fine motor skill efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance. 


What do fine motor skills include?

Academic skills 

Pencil skills (mark making, colouring, drawing, writing)

Scissor skills (cutting)


Construction skills

Lego, Duplo, puzzles, train tracks

Dressing dolls and teddies

IT use


Self-care skills

Dressing – tying shoelaces, doling up sandals, zips, buttons, belts

Eating – using cutlery, opening lunch boxes and food bags

Hygiene – cleaning teeth, brushing hair, toileting.

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