Mastering Motor Skills in Early Childhood


This illustrated guide provides a parent-friendly description of motor skill development in early childhood.


Title: Mastering Motor Skills in Early Childhood

Authors: Shelly Sears, Amanda Cortese, Rebecca Prosser

Motor skills involve the coordination between muscles and the nervous system to create movement. There are two different types of motor skills: fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

Gross motor skills use the larger muscle groups in the arms and legs to navigate and complete daily tasks. Gross motor skills provide a solid foundation for developing the smaller muscles.

These movements are utilized throughout the child’s daily functioning and are also observed differently in various age groups. These skills are used when running, climbing, jumping, or walking.