Fine motor skills refer to the small everyday tasks that involve the small muscles in our hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. It is, of course, important for your child to develop these skills as best they can in order to go about simple things in life like buttoning up a shirt, tying shoelaces and writing.
For some guidance on developing fine motor skills, I’ve collaborated with a Prep School in London to offer some tips on how you can help further your child’s development.
We all used to love playing with the stuff, but who knew it actually helps children develop fine motor skills!? It’s a great way to also unlock your child’s imagination, as they put their hands to work morphing the dough to their heart’s content.
Drawing, Colouring & Painting
The task of using pens, pencils and paint brushes can help your child learn how best to hold and use such implements. It is also a fun activity that encourages them to be creative as well as they get to grips with different art tools.
Board Games & Puzzles
Using small game pieces, or picking up puzzle pieces and figuring out where they go, is another way to engage your child’s fine motor skills in a manner which is fun and enjoyable for them. Puzzles may occasionally prove frustrating, but you can also encourage a lesson in patience, as working on a puzzle can really help improve their hand eye coordination.
Safety scissors of course! The act of cutting out shapes with a pair of scissors will allow your child to build on their fine motor skills. Always encourage responsibility in this task as well, so that they know how important it is to be safe with a pair of scissors in their hands.
Another classic playtime favourite that holds many benefits when it comes to developing your child’s fine motor skills. The act of picking up the pieces and putting them together to build something is, once again, an enjoyable and engaging task in which your child’s fine motor skills can be practised and improved.