3 Years Development – ​​Fine Motor Skills

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3 Years Development – ​​Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are related to hand and finger skills such as writing, cutting, opening lunch boxes and tying shoelaces. The development of these skills is based on the development of physical skills (such as basic body control and shoulder strength) that make steady progress in which one can move, along with age-appropriate control of the hands and arms.

Developmental Stage

  • Strings four large beads 
  • Turns the pages of the book one by one
  • Cuts using scissors
  • Holds crayons with thumb and other fingers (not palming)
  • Uses one hand for most activities 
  • Simulates circular, vertical and horizontal movements 
  • Paints with wrist movements, draws dots, lines and circle shapes 
  • Rolls, crushes, squeezes and holds play dough
  • Eats without assistance

Possible Situations Encountered When It Doesn’t Progress

  • Delay in self-care skills (such as eating) 
  • Delay in the development of pre-writing skills 
  • Delay in the use of small objects such as toys, pencils, scissors 
  • Getting angry when unable to hold small toys and objects

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