Fun 5-Minute Fine Motor Skill Check-Up

Do you ever find yourself wondering how your child is coming along in their fine motor skills? Do you do fine motor skill work with your children, but would love to be able to have some sort of measure to see their improvement? Here is a FUN 5-Minute Fine Motor Skill Check-up that you can use again and again to measure their progress that only requires three simple materials that are most likely lying around your home. This skill check-up can be used for toddlers thru lower elementary school years, or until your child has mastered fine motor skills.


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or Markers

‘5-minute Fine Motor Skill Check-Up’ Directions:

1. Parent: Begin by drawing a circle on a piece of paper and cutting it out.

2. Child: Ask your child to draw circles inside the circle cut-out. Encourage them to make different sizes. Keep them engaged by handing them different colored markers and ask them to “try this color.”

  • My son loves to play with soccer balls, basketballs, bouncy balls, etc so I asked him to draw “balls” inside of my “big ball.” Use words and directions that best fit your child and what they are interested in, and where they are in their learning process.
  • Do not draw circles for them. But you can encourage them to draw more or to draw different sizes.

3. Parent: When your child finishes, fold the circle in half once, and then the “half moon” shape in half a second time. (resembles a paper snowflake shape)

4. Child: Next have your child cut from one end of the line to the other end (the sections will not stay attached).

5. Parent: Make a note or take a picture of your child’s drawn circles and their cutting skills. (Both are important fine motor skills that can help you gauge their progress.)

  • Example- My 2.75 year old was able to draw and connect (the lines on a circle come together) more than five circles. There were a few unconnected. He struggled with cutting but was able to cut 2 lines with a little assistance before giving up stating “too hard Mama!”)

6. Parent: Look for fine motor skill activities that will meet your child’s areas of struggle.

  • Example- I need to continue to work on proper marker/writing utensil holding technique with my son. I also need to create more activities that will help him to improve (and find success) in cutting with scissors. It’s important that I find activities that are even a little below his cutting skill level to encourage him, especially after his last experience was frustrating.

7. Parent: Repeat this activity in the same way after working with your child to see how they are improving. You can repeat regularly or sporadically.


  1. Good Stuff!!

    My youngest has Dyspraxia and my oldest just took seemed to have weak hand/wrist muscles- so we we did lots of things to help them in that area.

  2. Thank you for such an easy little task-assessment. I’ve been wondering with my youngest….great timing!

  3. This is a great idea. By connect, do you mean complete the circle? Or do you mean circles connected to each other?

  4. Great post. Really good tips for parents. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great post Mackenzie. Lots of great tips.

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