Fine Motor Skills

“Fine motor” refers to use of small muscles like those in the fingers, toes, eyes, and tongue. Fine Motor Skills (FMS) are the activities using your hands.

When someone has good FMS, they are able to move the hands and fingers in a smooth, precise, and controlled manner. FMS depend on someone having strong Gross Motor Skills.

Examples include: Writing, buttoning a shirt, using a fork, and stacking blocks

A school-aged child wearing a red hat and sweater is writing on lined paper with a pencil which is a useful fine motor skill.