Gross & Fine Motor Skills

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Fine Motor Skills

2-6 months

  • Grasps a rattle, holds bottle with both hands
  • Pulls at clothes
  • Reaches, pulls objects to mouth

Gross Motor Skills

2-6 months

  • Holds head up
  • Rolls from front to back
  • Sits with little support

6-9 months

  • Bangs object on table
  • Transfers cube hand to hand
  • Feeds self finger food

6-9 months

  • Makes stepping movements when supported
  • Pulls to stand on furniture
  • Crawls forward/backwards

9-15 months

  • Marks paper with crayon
  • Puts three or more objects into a container
  • Builds tower using two cubes
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Feeds self with a spoon

9-15 months

  • Stands alone well
  • Walks without support
  • Stoops to pick up toys or look between legs when standing

15-18 months

  • Finger-thumb pincer grasp
  • Scribbling, draws line
  • Builds tower of four cubes, puts four rings on stick
  • Removes socks
  • Turns knobs

15-18 months

  • Climbs steps with support
  • Rolls a ball in imitation of adult
  • Throws a ball forward
  • Stands on one foot with help
  • Carries large toy while walking

2-3 years

  • Undresses self and assists with dressing
  • Copies a circle and a cross
  • Strings four large beads
  • Turns single page
  • Snips with scissors on a line
  • Buttons/unbuttons large buttons

2-3 years

  • Runs around obstacles, kicks ball
  • Walks up/down steps using alternate feet
  • Walks backwards
  • Seats self in child-size chair
  • Rides tricycle
  • Balances on one foot for 5 seconds
  • Moves to music

4-5 years

  • Copies a square
  • Prints own name – tripod pencil grasp
  • Ties shoelaces
  • Cuts on line continuously
  • Prints some capital letters

4-5 years

  • Hops on 1 foot
  • Skips and gallops
  • Catches a small ball
  • Walks backwards, toe-heel
  • Jumps forward 10 times without falling
  • Turns somersault

6 years

  • Copies a triangle
  • Cuts out simple shapes
  • Copies first name
  • Prints numerals 1 to 5
  • Color within lines
  • Pastes and glues appropriately

6 years

  • Runs lightly on toes
  • Walks on balance beam
  • Rides bicycle
  • Rhythmic skipping
  • Jumps rope
  • Skates