Helping your child develop their fine motor skills
As an adult, you will wake up, check your phone, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, get dressed and put your shoes on. Sounds like a simple list of everyday activities but these aren’t things that you’ve always known how to do.
Many of these things that we do each day require fine motor skills and it can be easy to take advantage and forget how vital these are. Fine motor skills are the use of small muscles in our hands, fingers, feet and toes. These are important for children to develop as they impact the ability to do things such as hold a fork or write with a pencil. Here is some advice from a
Introduce your child to play dough. This is a great way to use materials for children to experiment and build their fine motor skills. To make this even more interesting, you can even make your own playdough beforehand to let your child play with it. Have fun with it by adding different colours.
Play puzzles together. Puzzles require the ability to be able to pick up and move small puzzle pieces and place them in the right place which helps to develop a pincer grasp. watching a child complete a puzzle can be frustrating especially when they are impatient, give up or put pieces in their mouth. Do your best to stick to it and engage them as much as you can. At first it will seem difficult but the more they practise the better their skills will improve.
Draw and colour with your child. This not only helps with their fine motor skills but also develops their creativity and imagination. Allow them to take part in finger painting, brush painting and using different tools such as chalk and crayons. This will strengthen your child’s hand eye coordination and the overall development of their fine motor skills.