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Preschool Students Developing Fine Motor Skills

Learn by Doing 

Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning, and zippering. These abilities gradually develop through experience and exposure to a variety of toys and materials. This includes the ability to grasp, pick up, release, imitate, and copy patterns.

As a provocation, Preschool teachers provided students with two black and white photo mats, a bowl full of small colored cubes, and tongs. Some children learned how to grasp the cubes with the tongs, while others learned that pinching two fingers together was a little easier. Once the skill of picking up the cube was mastered, the children used their creativity and cognition to work with the cubes.

Students worked side by side on lining up their cubes. One student concentrated really hard as she worked on making two lines, and once her goal was reached, she exhibited her enthusiasm by yelling out: “I DID IT!”


About Gillispie School: We are an independent toddler through Grade 6 school in La Jolla, CA. We believe that learning is a journey in which children are active participants. Our students partner with teachers to further their academic, creative, and social growth, and we balance a child-centered approach that does not rush childhood with well-researched academic programs that demand higher-level thinking. Click here to learn more about our school.

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