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Motor Skills

Motor skills are essential for children’s physical strength and movement

 Motor skills are used everyday throughout our lives. They help us move and do everything from lifting heavy items to typing on a keyboard. Motor skills and motor control begin developing after birth, and will progress as children grow. Having good motor control also helps children explore the world around them, which can help with many other areas of development. Motor skills are broken up into two categories: gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Mastering both are important for children’s growth and independence.

Progression in Cutting Skills

Using a pair of scissors is a great way for your child to develop some fine motor skills. This chart shows you the progression in cutting skills. It also gives you the vocabulary to use with your child and ideas of ways to support them. You can use this at home to support you in encouraging your child to use scissors safely and develop some of their fine motor skills.