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Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity, Hand-Eye Coordination, Early Writing

Building Blocks for Writing Skills

A child's muscles strengthen from the inside out, meaning that to have the Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity for Early Writing, he needs to develop his posture, shoulder stability, and arm strength, in addition to the fine muscles of his hands, wrists, and fingers. Who knew it could be so complicated! But with every puzzle he completed, every picture drawn, and every jungle gym climbed, your child has been working on this. He may now be capable of holding a pencil in the proper position, cutting with scissors, threading laces, and sculpting with craft dough. You'll see a jump in his art and Early Writing skills, as he makes more elaborate drawings and scribbles. Be sure to keep him supplied with a variety of art and writing materials, and explore some new types of projects to expand his creativity and fine motor skills.

Has your toddler achieved the following Small Muscle Movement and Dexterity, Hand-Eye Coordination, and Early Writing developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.