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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 may be 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.
6 Years Old
- Can copy first name.
- Builds a small structure with blocks.
- Can put a 16-20 piece puzzle together.
- Uses a knife to cut food.
- Cuts well with scissors, no deviations from the cutting line.
- Prints 3 or more simple words.
- Can print all numbers 0-9.
- Can print all letters of the alphabet, upper case and lower case.
6+ Years Old
- Fully developed eye-hand coordination.
- Use all eating utensils appropriately.
- Help with household chores (sweeping, moping, dusting etc).
- Able to take care of pets (feeding, grooming, walking etc).
- Draw detailed and complex shapes or pictures.
- Begin to develop writing and handwriting habits and skills.
- Can compete in sports activities appropriately.
- Have hobbies they enjoy and complete independently.
- Learn a musical instrument.
- Begin computer skills and use video games.
- Are able to draw with greater control and precision.
- Ride a two-wheeled bike.
- Learning swimming skills.
- Move in time to the beat or rhythm of music.
- Able to twist and spin in one place.
- Are able to combine motor skills such as running and kicking or moves to music.
Free Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Early Elementary
To get your free checklist, add your e-mail address to the form below and click the green “click here” button. Next, head to your e-mail inbox and look for an e-mail from email@example.com (double check your spam folder or promotions tab in gmail). Click the confirm button in that e-mail and your free checklist will automatically download to your computer.
You'll also be getting 5 days of fine motor tips once you get your checklist.
For more fine motor activity ideas, check out the resources below.
Mary Ellen Ankeney says
good morning Heather!
I have a question! I’m a little confused how to access your materials. I am already a subscriber. So let’s say I get your e-mail, in this case this one, fine motor skills checklist for early elementary. When you click on the link to get the free download you are asked to provide e-mail and then another e-mail is sent to confirm subscription. But I am already a subscriber.
I feel like everytime I want to get the handout I am subscribing again and so I am now getting like 3 e-mails! two at my firstname.lastname@example.org address and one at my email@example.com. Am I doing something wrong?
thanks! I always look forward to your tips and resources. Please advice best way to access these items without resubscribing!
Heather Greutman says
Hi Mary Ellen,
If you are already subscribed, it should not be counting you more than once, so not sure why you are getting duplicate e-mails. I am going to reach out to my provider and see if there is something I need to do in order to make sure this doesn’t happen. So sorry you are getting so many e-mails.
Karen Mc Cahill says
would love a finemotor checklist and some tips for 7 year old with very poor fine motor skills
Heather Greutman says
Hi Karen, there really aren’t specific skills that 7-year-olds are working on other than perfecting and mastering the skills listed on the checklist by age 6+. The biggest difference is they should be able to tie their own shoes by 7 years old. Also at this age, they can begin keyboarding skills with the hunt and peck method. They are also able to cut out more complex shapes. As far as activities, I will write a post with some fine motor activity ideas for older ages. Depending on how delayed their skills are, you may be able to adapt preschool or kindergarten age activities for them, depending on what their interests are.