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A juvenile picking up a small ball.

Uses fine motor control

By the time children get to kindergarten, they should be able to demonstrate some control over the small muscles in their hands and fingers. Working on tasks that strengthen those small muscles will lead to greater success with writing and other activities that require fine-motor skills.

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Gehris, J. S., Gooze, R. A., & Whitaker, R. C. (2014). Teachers’ perceptions about children’s movement and learning in early childhood education programmes. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 41(1), 122-131.