Fine motor developmental milestones from 12 - 24 months in your child's life

Wow! You have just got through the exciting 1st year of your baby's life!!. Now, you are ready for the next year. This book will help you understand the importance of the fine motor developmental milestones in your child, how to look out for them and how to actively encourage them. You will learn how well your child is doing and know when to ask for advice.  It will take you about 10-15 minutes to complete this book.

The video link will show you a child performing the skill that we are talking about.

You can click on the audio "play" key for an oral version of the text.

Then click on "Teacher Tessie", "Chris Child" and "Patsy Parent" for more learning points.

Fine motor developmental milestones from 12 - 24 months in your baby's life


Pages 1-2: Introduction and Goals. How to use this book

Page 3: Your child at 12 months -the pincer grip

Pages 4-5: Your child at 18 months - stacking blocks & scribbling

Pages 6-8: Your child at 24 months - feeding, dressing & washing hands

Page 9: Summary of skills between 12 and 24 months

Pages 10-12: Rememberring what you have learnt

Page 13: Congratulations and final points

The pincer grip is the most important fine motor skill achieved by 12 months of age. To demonstrate this skill, hold an object using only the tips of your thumb and index finger together.

This skill allows the child to pick up tiny objects in a secure manner. It is the basis of many of the other fine motor skills he will learn later in the second year of life.

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Stacking blocks is usually learnt by 18 months. Your child must be able to hold the block securely between his thumb and his index and other fingers before he can place it accurately on top of another block. So the pincer grip is important even for stacking blocks. By 18 months, he should be able to stack 2 blocks.

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By 18 months, your child is usually able to hold a pencil or crayon in his hand and start scribbling with it.

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By 24 months, your child will be able to feed himself with a spoon.

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By 24 months, he will also start helping with dressing. At first, he will only put his arms out for the sleeves.

By this time, you can also take him to the tap to help him wash his hands.

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So, by 24 months, your child is ready for many new skills. He has taken the first steps towards learning to dress and feed himself, which are very important for his later independance. He can hold a pencil or crayon in his hand, so he is now ready to learn to draw. His pincer grip has made him ready for more activites and games using his hands. 

Won't the next year be exciting?

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Now that you have learnt what your child can do, try the following questions.


1. Fine motor skills help your child to

a. walk and run about

b. learn to speak

c. use his hands

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By the end of 24 months, what will my child be able to do?

a. draw a man with his crayon

b. hold small objects securely between his thumb and index finger

c. feed himself without making a mess

d. put his arms into the sleeve of his shirt

e. stack 10 blocks

f. wash his hands

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What are the fine motor skills preparing your child for?

a. To be independant with feeding and dressing, and to learn to play, draw and write on his own.

b. To be able to talk to his parents

c. To climb up and down steps on his own.

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You have learnt the important fine motor milestones of your child from 12 - 24 months. However, remember that not all children learn these skills at the same time and that every child is unique.  You should encourage your child to try out these by providing blocks, pencil and paper and allowing spoon feeding and handwashing. You can find more information at this website . Consult your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your child's development.

Share this book with a friend who also has a young child, then you can discuss your child's development with her. You can also download it on to a CD , so that you can watch it again later