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12-23 months
Fine Motor Development (18 Months)

Fine Motor Development (18 Months)

July 7, 2022

Normal Development

  • Can feed themselves with a spoon (14+ months)
  • Turns the pages of a book (14+ months)
  • Scribbles on paper with a crayon or pencil (16–20 months)
  • Drinks from a regular cup without help or spilling (16+ months)
  • Uses thumb and pointer finger to explore objects, turn knobs and dials, etc. (10–20 months)
  • Can draw simple lines (18+ months)
  • Stacks 3+ blocks (14–24 months)
  • Turns over containers to pour out contents (16–24 months)
  • May begin to show a preference for using their right or left hand, but may not fully decide for several more years (16–33 months)
  • Likes to explore and examine objects (16–24 months)

What You Can Do

  • When reading, let your child turn the pages of the book
  • Give your child paper and crayons
  • Draw shapes together
  • Play with sidewalk chalk
  • Do finger painting
  • Teach your child to do simple finger games such as “itsy bitsy spider”
  • Play games of filling up and dumping
  • Play with blocks
  • Play with large size legos that are not choking hazards
  • Do small knob puzzles

Our Advice

  • Remember to be on the lookout for choking hazards
  • Allow your child to practice drawing and writing—even when it’s messy!

Try not to compare yourself to other parents, or your child to other children. Every family is different!

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