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Over the last few weeks, I've been sharing some fine motor skill checklist ideas to help improve fine motor development. You've probably seen many news articles talking about how children are reaching Kindergarten with decreased fine motor skills. By providing these checklists, I am hoping to give you an idea of what your child should be doing from the time they are born, until early elementary age.
Today's fine motor skills checklist is for early elementary (ages 6 and 6+).
Fine Motor Skills for Early Elementary-Age Children
This is the age that we typically think of Kindergarten and 1st grade. If you homeschool, your Kindergarten child maybe 6, depending on when you decide to start and when your state's compulsory school age is.
Many of the skills are more academic in nature, but remember hands-on fine motor activities are still important at this age.
Fine Motor Development for 6-Year-Olds
- Copies their first name
- Builds a small structure with blocks
- Puts a 16-20 piece puzzle together
- Uses a knife to cut food
- Cuts well with scissors, with no deviations from the cutting line
- Prints 3 or more simple words
- Prints all numbers 0-9
- Prints all letters of the alphabet, uppercase, and lowercase
Fine Motor Development to Ages 6+
- Fully developed eye-hand coordination
- Uses all eating utensils appropriately
- Helps with household chores (sweeping, moping, dusting, etc)
- Takes care of pets (feeding, grooming, walking, etc)
- Draws detailed and complex shapes or pictures
- Begins to develop writing and handwriting habits and skills
- Competes in sports activities appropriately
- Have hobbies they enjoy and complete independently
- Learns a musical instrument
- Begins computer skills and use video games
- Draws with greater control and precision
- Rides a two-wheeled bike
- Learns to swim
- Moves in time to the beat or rhythm of music
- Twists and spins in place
- Combines motor skills such as running and kicking or moves to music
Free Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Early Elementary
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