Motor skills are motions carried out when the brain, nervous system, and muscles work together. There are two different types of motor skills–fine and gross.

Fine motor skills are small movements such as grabbing something with your thumb and forefinger, writing, doing puzzles, using scissors, tying your shoes and such. You use the small muscles found in your fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. Gross motor skills are the bigger movements like running, kicking, sitting up, lifting, throwing a ball, and jumping. You use your larger muscles found in your arms, legs, torso, and feet.

Some kids might need a little extra practice with fine motor skills activities. If your elementary homeschool curriculum doesn’t include resources, never fear, there are tons of sites on the Internet that have fun games and activities your child can do to improve muscle control. Who knows, maybe their handwriting will get better along the way.

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