Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




This research explored the development of the tripod/pincer grasp of 16 Kindergarten aged students and the activities these children engaged in when at home, with particular focus on fine motor and technology usage (both passive and interactive). This research used a mixed methods approach, using both classroom observations and a survey filled out by parents of participating students. This research fills a gap in existing research regarding the link between technology use and fine motor control in young children, as very little currently exists. The research found that fine motor activities at home helped facilitate the development of the tripod/pincer grasp at school, whereas large amounts of time spent engaging in passive technologies did not. The research also found that interactive technology was helpful only if the child utilized a stylus over their finger.


Affiliation: RSU #9 Farmington District, Cape Cod Hill School



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