Fine Motor Checklist


Though children progress at different rates, the fine motor skills generally expected at a given age are listed bellow. Please contact us if you have concerns about your child’s communication.

Fine Motor Skills at 4 months

  • Can hold a toy and shake it
  • Bats at dangling toys
  • Brings hands to mouth

Fine Motor Skills at 6 months

  • Brings toys to mouth
  • Tries to get things that are out of reach
  • Begins to pass toys from one hand to the other

Fine Motor Skills at 9 months

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  • Moves things smoothly from one hand to the other
  • Picks up small food items between thumb and index finger

Fine Motor Skills at 12 months

  • Bangs two things together
  • Puts things into and out of containers
  • Lets go of toys intentionally
  • Uses index finger to poke or point

Fine Motor Skills at 18 months

  • Turns pages in board books
  • Scribbles spontaneously

Fine Motor Skills at 2 years

  • Uses on hand consistently in most activities
  • Holds paper with one hand while coloring with the other

Fine Motor Skills at 3 years

  • Imitates drawing circular lines and straight lines
  • Begins to hold pencil between first two fingers and thumb

Fine Motor Skills at 4 years

  • Draws a person with two to four body parts
  • Uses scissors
  • Draws circles and squares
  • Begins to copy some capital letters
  • Dresses and undresses self with help

Fine Motor Skills at 5 years

  • Copies shapes
  • Draws person with at least six parts
  • Prints a few letters and numbers
  • Dresses and undresses without help
  • Uses fork, spoon, and knife