Tips to Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills
There are numerous things we do each day that require finer motor skills and this is why we often tend to take them for granted. However, it is important to remember that these skills play a vital role in a child’s development process. As parents and teachers, there are so many simple activities we can try at home to improve these skills in our children.
What are Fine Motor Skills?
Fine motor skills may be referred to as activities that involve using the smaller muscles in the feet, hands, fingers, wrists, and toes. The movement of these smaller muscles require the brain of a child to coordinate between what they can see and their action. Fine motor skills have a serious impact on performing regular day to day activities such as using a pencil to write or holding a fork to eat.
Development of fine motor skills in children starts when they use the smaller muscles in their hands, feet, wrists, fingers, and toes. Development of these muscles requires actions such as pressing, holding, grasping, and holding things between the thumb and forefinger.
Importance of Fine Motor Skills:
Development of fine motor skills plays a vital role in performing everyday activities such as tying shoelaces, writing, cutting with scissors, using utensils while eating, buttoning up a shirt, etc. Inability of carry out these regular tasks may have a significant negative impact on the self-confidence of the young ones, their independence skill and academic performance.
Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills in Children:
Mentioned below are some simple activities you can try to improve your child’s fine motor skills. These techniques are particularly effective for kindergarten or preschool aged children, but can also help younger and older develop their fine motor skills.
- One of the best techniques for improving your child’s fine motor skills is doing puzzles together. It is possible to develop pincer grasp by picking up and moving puzzle pieces. The process can sometimes be frustrating because children often tend to get impatient and may give up very easily. Therefore, start with easy puzzles and always encourage your child. In addition to motor skills, this will also improve your child’s co-ordination and hand – eye skills.
- Whenever possible, encourage your child to draw and paint. While painting, provide them different mediums such as finger paints, chalk, crayons, brush, etc. Painting with a brush will teach them the technique of holding the brush and help them gain more control while using pencil, pen, or other similar items.
- Another great way to improve fine motor skills is to make your child cut stuffs with a scissor. For your child to cut, you can draw different shapes or make some paper snowflakes. However, be sure to use age appropriate scissors.
- Try stacking, connecting, and building things together using blocks and Lego. These activities encourage fine pulling and pushing movements, improving fine motor skills in the process. Building with Lego also strengthens the hand muscles and improves co-ordination.
- Building fine motor skills in children is also possible by making play-dough with your child.
There are many more things you can do to develop your child’s fine motor skills. If you have any questions related to your child’s developmental requirements, please get in touch with us at Willow Bee Early Learning Centre.