Prep: None / Activity Time: 2-3 Minutes

A fine motor skill milestone for a baby at this age includes working on and developing better muscle strength and control. You can help with this developmental milestone by promoting reaching for and releasing objects. It is these early experiences that prepare your child to have the fine motor and eye-hand coordination she will need later for drawing and writing.

a variety of infant toys  

Step 1: To encourage reaching with both arms, place a toy on a table close enough for your child to reach as she sits on your lap.

Step 2:  Let your baby reach up and grasp the toy and remove it from the table. Your child probably will often overshoot the target. This is typical for this age. As your infant gains experience reaching for objects, her eye-hand coordination will improve.