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Have you ever wondered what fine motor skills your preschool age child should be working on? Fine motor activities at this age are so important for building future academic success in the school environment. Today I am sharing a fine motor skills checklist for preschoolers, specifically ages 3-5 years old.


Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Preschoolers Ages 3-5 Years Old

I’ve divided this list up by ages 3, 4 and 5. At the end of the post you can get a free one page download of this checklist to have in your home, classroom, or therapy practice.

3 Years Old

  • Can draw a circle after being shown model.
  • Cuts a piece of paper in half.
  • Copies prewriting lines of vertical, horizontal, and circle shapes.
  • Laces a card.
  • Can unbutton large buttons.
  • Can cut a long a wide line with 1/2″ accuracy.
  • Will string 1/2 inch beads.
  • Sorts objects.

4 Years Old

  • Can copy cross shapes, right and left oblique lines “/” “\”, square and X shapes.
  • Can touch the tip of each finger to their thumb.
  • Can color within a picture with no more than 1/4″ deviations from the coloring lines.
  • Can cut big circles with scissors.
  • Can move the paper while cutting along a line.
  • Completes puzzles of 4-5 pieces.
  • Can use a fork correctly.
  • Can get dressed and undressed without help.
  • Uses dominate hand.

5 Years Old

  • Grasps a pencil correctly.
  • Begins to print their name.
  • Copies a triangle shape.
  • Cuts out a circle.
  • Opens a lock with a key.
  • Draw a diamond shape when given a model.
  • Draws a person with at least 6 different body parts.
  • Can tie their shoes.

Free Printable – Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Preschoolers

To get your free fine motor skills checklist for preschoolers, just enter your e-mail address in the form below and click the green “click here” button. You will need to head over to your e-mail inbox and look for a confirmation e-mail (double check your spam or promotions tab in gmail). Click the link in that e-mail to confirm and your download still be automatically sent to your computer (double check the downloads folder if you don’t see it right away).

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