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Fine Motor Development Overview

Fine motor skills develop slowly over the first 18 months; at approximately 6 months a baby’s vision is more fully developed. Older infants can pick up and drop objects with their thumb and forefinger. Older infants begin using a cup and spoon to feed themselves. A todder’s skill set includes stacking blocks, scribbling and picking up objects; overall preschoolers have  much greater small muscle control, unsnapping, unbuttoning and lacing their own shoes.

Learn about the Development Milestones for each stage:


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