In Honor of RCOT 2018 and the focus on children and young people – we thought it would be the perfect time to touch base about fine motor skills!
How to Build Fine Motor Skills in Children
Fine motor skills are the small movements, made predominately by our hands, that help us to manipulate objects and explore.
Children need to develop fine motor skills to help them to interact and engage with the world, as well as prepare for schooling (writing, painting, cooking, cutting).
Ideas to help develop fine motor skills:
- Drawing with chalk on the concrete
- Using play-dough and cutting with cutter
- Writing letters shaving foam or sand
- Using Lego to build shapes and letters
- Cutting out magazines pictures
- Eating finger foods
- Playing musical instruments together
- Helping out with house hold jobs e.g. hanging out the washing, sweeping
- Playing with toys that have buttons
- Using the child’s interests to write about or colour in
What makes it easier?
- Playing together with Mum and Dad
- Using big crayons, brushes, markers or chalk ensures children use the right muscles for the activity and are less likely to adopt incorrect grasps
- Use thick outlines for colouring sheets
- Smaller pieces of paper to cut
- Do lots of activities that involve using both hands together