Fine motor skills are use to make small movements, which involve the coordinated efforts of the brain and muscles.
Fine motor development is an important part of the toddler and early childhood years.
If your child's fine motor skills need a little extra help, try these fun activities you can try at home.
- squeezing miniature clothes pins onto the sides off the paper using the holepunch
- stringing beads and making jewelry.
These activities assist with hand strengthening, finger dexterity, bilateral coordination, and eye-hand coordination.
When you have to use both sides of your body together to complete an activity such as stringing beads, or catching a ball ~ this is bilateral coordination and eye-hand coordination working together.
When children picking up small objects like beads, they used what is called a pincer grasp, and that should be evident around the age of 20 months.
Other activities to develop fine motor skills at home:
- stretching rubber bands which work on finger strength
- pushing Lego blocks together (and pulling them apart)
- manipulating play dough - Kneading, pushing and rolling the dough really helps building those small muscles.
- Cut straws or shredded paper - use (kids scissor) with supervision