Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login

Improving Fine Motor Skills

by Claire Winlow (follow)
Toddler (30)      Preschooler (20)      Development (14)      Fine Motor Skills (9)      Life Skills (1)     


fine motor skills, toddler, development, brain, writing, games, activities, pre school


You might have heard the term 'fine motor skills' being talked about but exactly does this mean? The small muscles in your hands are essential for grasping, picking up and eventually learning to write. The use of these are fine motor skills and are an essential part of your child's development.

There are lots of things you can do to help your pre schooler develop these schools and it's lots of fun too.

Playdough
A great way to get those little muscles exercising is to get the playdough out or even make your own. It's easy to make too and you can introduce lots of different techniques. Rolling out, squishing, sticking fingers in, making balls of different sizes are all great activities. If you want to go one step further and introduce some counting too, try making cheerio stacking towers.



fine motor skills, toddler, development, brain, writing, games, activities, pre school
Cheerio Stacking Towers


Threading
Stringing, threading and lacing are also fun activities to try, with the benefit of supporting the development of hand eye co-ordination too. Start with large holes and thick string and you can then make it progressively harder as they improve their skills.



fine motor skills, toddler, development, brain, writing, games, activities, pre school
Thread the string through the holes in the beads and spools.


Scissor Skills
This activity has always filled me with slight dread as you need to keep a careful eye on your toddler. However, it's a really important skill. You can get safety scissors especially made for children which have blunt ends. My son is very happy just to cut up colour pieces of magazines. You could always use the scraps to make a collage afterwards.



fine motor skills, toddler, development, brain, writing, games, activities, pre school


Scooping & Pouring
Bathtime is a perfect time to enjoy some play. You don't need lots of fancy bath toys, just a few small plastic pots and cups and your toddler can practise scooping and transferring water from one place to another. Rice and lentils are also great to promote this skill.

Squirting
Who doesn't love skirting bottles? When you're doing a painting activity, let your child squirt out some paint which will support the pincer grip. You could also fill some empty squeezy bottles with water and take them outside on a hot day to squirt each other or hit targets in the garden.

Clothes Pegs
These simple little things can be quite fiddly but help with that pincer grip and strengthening the muscles. You could set up a mini clothes line and hang up doll's clothes.



clothes pegs, fine motor skills, preschool, activity


If you're looking for more ideas, check out MyKidCraft which is bursting with creative ideas.

#Fine Motor Skills
#Toddler
#Development
#Life Skills
#Preschooler
I like this Article - 7
[ print friendly ]
Share: email  facebook  twitter
More Articles by Claire Winlow
My mum is amazing at finding bargains or the odd thing going for free that someone was going to chuc...
294 views
In many houses around the festive period, families get together to enjoy food, gifts, laughs and of ...
345 views
Before you know it, your tiny newborn will be crawling and not long after, becoming a toddler
467 views
Once you start getting closer to your due date you'll probably find people start making the same...
528 views
Returning to work after my first child was hard work but we quickly settled into a new routine
2 answers
I have always loved books from a young age and want that to be passed on to my kids
116 views
view all articles by Claire Winlow
Articles by Claire Winlow on Other Hubs
Pom poms don't just have their place on a woolly hat but can be made into fun things to
11 likes
4 likes
An unusual card that's personalised by the shape of your kid's hands
11 likes
ID: 2930
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
When the clocks change, or in summer months, it can be difficult if your baby wakes extra early ...
3773 views
One way of cutting the cost of having a baby is to get some of your baby items second hand
8006 views
If you're looking for cheap baby goods for your baby, here are some excellent stores you can go to t...
9668 views
Most preschoolers love telling jokes but don't always 'get' the punch line or might instead tell...
by Jane
1894 views
Letís be honest; everything you could ever need to know can be found on the internet
2041 views
I love crystals and have a few in my collection, so when junior got a Crystal Growing Kit for Christ...
1618 views
A wonder week is a parenting term that no one really talks about prior to babies coming along, and s...
362 views
Have you ever found yourself up in the middle of the night with a sick child? They might have a ragi...
6811 views
Let me begin by pressing rewind and explain how our bed time battles began
1068 views
IPads are a great way to keep kids busy on long journeys or while waiting for appointments
by Jane
1454 views
Categories
Parenting (156)
Play (88)
Tips (47)
Eating (32)
Travel (27)
Safety (23)
Sleep (11)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version