Fine and Gross Motor Grills: What Kids Learn From Blocks

Fine and Gross Motor Grills: What Kids Learn From Blocks

There are a variety of child development toys that help infants begin to develop skills, such as grasping items, pulling up onto larger toys, and even language, emotional, and social skills. Two crucial skills that are necessary for infants to learn and fine tune as they grow older are gross and fine motor skills. Playing with building blocks is a great way for children of all ages to practice their motor skills.

What Are Gross Motor Skills?

Gross motor skills are essentially the movement of the arms, legs, and the torso of your child — or the larger muscles of a child. Newborns have some gross motor skills, and as muscles and awareness grow, they continue to develop and get stronger. As children grow older, these motor skills will help them play on the playground, ride a bike, and climb stairs.

Sometimes, children have developed the very basic gross motor skills like sitting up and crawling, but will lack more necessary gross motor skills, which can have an effect on activities like balancing or hopping. Generally, gross motor skills start at the top of an infant’s body — they will be able to hold their head up, support themselves with their elbows, and then they’ll start kicking and swinging arms and legs which will help them roll over. As muscles develop, they will incorporate their core and will learn how to sit up. All of this together helps them crawl and eventually learn how to walk, run, jump, and balance!

What Are Fine Motor Skills?

Now that you know what gross motor skills consist of, you may be able to guess what fine motor skills are. Fine motor skills relate to using the smaller muscles in children’s fingers, hands, and forearms. This is where building blocks and other child development toys come in! 

Fine motor skills may begin to develop when kids learn how to feed themselves. Giving them pieces of cereal to try to pick up with their fingers will help develop these skills. As infants grow, fine motor skills will be used in a variety of ways, including using scissors and holding writing utensils. As you can imagine, having strong fine motor skills will be crucial when they start going to school.

Children will begin developing fine motor skills at around eight weeks old, before this, they have little control over their fingers. By five months of age, infants will learn how to grasp objects, like blocks! When they reach 10 to 12 months, watch out for flying Cheerios and peas as they will learn how to pick up objects between their thumb and index finger.

At Children Smart Toys, we want to help your children grow to have strong gross and fine motor skills with our child development toys. Our collection of toys includes Creative Building Blocks that are great for younger infants, Puzzle Building Kits that are better suited for older children, and everything in between.

Shop here to find a variety of child development toys that will help your infant or toddler thrive now and throughout their future.