Fine Motor Development: Your Baby at 10 to 12 Months

Typical Skills

  • Uses pincer grasp (tips of index finger and thumb) to pick up small items
  • Puts objects in and takes them out of container
  • Points, pokes, touches and pries with extended index finger
  • Places one block on top of another without balancing
  • Voluntarily releases objects to another person on request
  • Holds spoon but needs help with its use

Emerging Skills

  • Uses both hands freely – may show preference for one
  • Pulls off socks, hats
  • Holds crayons, makes marks
  • Builds tower using two cubes
  • Points with index finger
  • Feeds self with spoon and drinks from a cup

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