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A Guide to Fine Motor Development in the Early Years

Children have the world at their fingertips (literally)! Their little hands need to develop dexterity and strength to help them explore the infinite possibilities the world has to offer.

The goal of this guide is to equip educators with a bank of resources that help them understand and navigate the fine motor developmental milestones of children in the Early Years. You can journey with us from the start, or jump ahead to any milestone you are excited to discover!

In this resource you will get

  • Fine motor development continuum (for ages 1-6)
  • Developmentally-backed observation checklists
  • Beautifully designed student self-assessment sheets  
  • Ready-to-use guiding question templates to plan provocations
  • Play based e-book to enhance fine motor development

Who is this resource for?

  • Early Years educators looking to deepen their understanding of fine motor skills
  • Early childhood leaders looking to support their staff and grow their understandings of learning through play
Disclaimer: This guide has been produced independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle’s resources seek to encourage sharing of perspectives and innovative ideas for classroom teaching & learning. They are not intended to be replacements for official IB guides and publications. Views and opinions expressed by the authors of these resources are personal and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB. Please seek assistance from your school’s IB coordinator and/or refer to official IB documents before implementing ideas and strategies shared within these resources in your classroom.