Small movement skills
        ...and why they're important
Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook Many things children do and learn in school depend on having good control of their hands and fingers.

In school, there are many new things to touch and do. Children need to know how to use their hands well to do them, and to take care of themselves and their things.

Children need to open and close things, to use things without dropping them, breaking them, or spilling them. They need to be able to hold pencils and crayons correctly so they can learn to write, and do math. If children can't use their hands well, they'll be afraid to try new things, and trying new things is an important way children learn.

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