Fine motor milestones for 4 year olds


Developing fine motor skills from an early age is critical for so many reasons, including building future success in the school environment.

There is no universal ‘tick and flick’ checklist for parents to determine if their child is on track with their fine motor development; however, there are a number of milestones that your child should be able to do by the time they are 4 years old.


Some of these milestones include: 

  • Can cut big circles with scissors
  • Can use a fork correctly
  • Can get dressed and undressed without assistance (excluding buttons, show laces and tying bows)
  • Draw a basic human figure
  • Hold a pencil between thumb and 1 – 3 other fingers
  • Build a tower with 9 – 10 small blocks
  • Draw a circle
  • Copy a cross shape (+)
  • Start to cut along a straight line
  • Start to colour inside the lines of a picture
  • Complete simple puzzles independently
  • Opening lip lock bags, containers and lunch boxes 
Mastering of these skills take practice! Children won’t learn to do these things unless they have experiences with e.g. eating a meal and practicing using a fork. Fine motor skills are like any major muscle in the body. If you want to make that muscle stronger then you would complete some exercises to strengthen that muscle.

So what can I do to ensure that my child is continuing to develop their fine motor skills?

I’ve created the Fit Fingers fine motor activity packs specifically for this purpose! Why? Because after teaching prep for 8 years, this is the help that many parents are seeking when we sit down for our first parent-teacher interview.

Whether your child is already meeting these milestones or not it’s still a good idea to get a Fit Fingers pack. Just like at the gym where we do exercises to keep up our strength, our kids need to keep using these muscles on a daily basis and practice mastering these skills.

Our Fit Fingers kits are a one-stop-shop for fine motor and will stop you driving all over town to get the materials needed to develop cutting, drawing and ‘self-help’ skills like eating and dressing oneself.

Buy a Fit Fingers fine motor activity pack today for $59 including free shipping (within Australia).