Fine Motor Skills

fine-motor-skillsFine Motor Skills are the foundation for many higher functions. Fine Motor Skills affect hand-eye coordination, sensory processing, proper vision, motor control, speech and…surprise!… reading skills too.

We know how busy parents and caregivers are. We know time is limited. That’s why  we’ve created some fun cut, crease, bend and paste activities designed to encourage Fine Motor Skills Development with easy pictorial instructions.


Fine Motor Skills activities download in Color

Fine Motor Skills activities download in Black and White

Children of all abilities can stimulate and enhance their Fine Motor Skills. Fine Motor Skills development will benefit them all through life. It will kick start their success in kindergarten skills requirements and continue to give them the upper edge all through life and into their career.

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Fine Motor Skills

We have a packet of 20 more reproducible Fine Motor Skills cut, fold and paste activities.

Children of all ages can do these projects. The little ones need a bit of scissor help from m om. The older ones can do them on their own.

And, because it’s fun creating, they love to do them, one after another. These activities  keep them occupied and stimulated for hours.

    • All 20 projects come in Color and Black & White.
    • Each includes Instructions with pictures. Learn More

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These projects also encourage:

  • Scissors Skills
  • Sequencing Skills
  • Hand Eye Coordination
  • Motor Control
  • Vision Skills
  • Attention Span
  • Simultaneous Processing Skills
  • Language Processing Skills
  • You can give the instructions verbally for Audio Processing Skills

Therapists and Teachers

You are allowed to print multiple copies to give out to students and patients. We prefer you don’t share the electronic copy, but refer those who want it to this page to get their own. 🙂






Retained Rooting Reflex

rooting Reflex Exercises

The Rooting Reflex is important in helping an infant locate food and breast feeding. It develops during pregnancy and continues until the baby is about 4 months old.  You will notice the Rooting Reflex in a newborn if you brush your finger down one side of the mouth. The baby will turn toward the stroke and open the mouth. This is normal but should integrate (disappear) by about 4 months. If it is not properly integrated, it can contribute to problems in speech, writing, eating disorders and Thyroid problems. Be sure to do the Retained Rooting Reflex Test on your child.

Children with eating disorders aggravated by a Retained Rooting Reflex will have a constant urge to have something in their mouth, yet are often sensitive to textures. These one end up being the one that is always chewing on something plastic, drools or struggles to form their words properly. The Retained Rooting Reflex can cause the tongue to lie to far forward in the mouth. This can cause difficulty swallowing and chewing their food.


Retained Rooting Reflex Symptoms

  • Tongue lies too far forward
  • Hyper sensitive around mouth
  • Difficulty with textures and solid foods
  • Thumb sucking
  • Speech and articulation problems
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing
  • Dribbling
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid problems and autoimmune tendency
  • Dexterity problems when talking
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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Retained Palmar Reflex or Grasp Reflex

Palmar Reflex The Palmar Reflex aka Grasp Reflex is seen when an infant grips around an object that touches their palm. This is normal and helps the baby learn to grip and hang on to things with their hands. The palmar reflex develops in the third month of gestation and should disappear at around 3-6 months of age as they gain hand control. It is needed for hand-eye coordination, proper vision, and direction/distance judgement.  If it isn’t properly integrated it can contribute to an array of problems.


 Retained Palmar Reflex Symptoms

  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor pencil grip
  • Poor Fine Muscle Control
  • Poor dexterity
  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Poor vision coordination
  • Slumpy posture when using hands
  • Back aches when sitting
  • Sticks tongue out when using hands
  • Poor pencil grip
  • Poor ability to put thoughts to paper
  • Dysgraphia
  • Speech and language problems
  • Anger control issues
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.

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