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As parents, you play an important role in your child’s fine motor skill development. Developing fine motor skills in young children helps lay the foundation for future skills like writing and self-care. So it is imperative for parents to provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for your child.
Importance of Fine Motor Skills
Basically, Fine Motor skills involve the use of small muscles that control the little one’s hand, fingers, and thumb. All these little muscles help kids perform essential tasks like feeding, grasping, writing, drawing, in a much better way. As a result, they will learn self-care which will directly boost the kid’s self-esteem and confidence.
Kids often struggle a lot with their motor skills development as everyone has different rates of development.They can often become frustrated when they can’t complete every day tasks. For example, a child may have a difficult time holding scissors so they avoid cutting exercises because they feel it’s too difficult.
Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills
You don’t have to do anything fancy nor do you have to buy expensive toys to help your child develop their fine motor skills. It can be easily improved through play and normal every day actions.There are different ways in which as a parent you can develop fine motor skills of your little one, some of them are as follows –
Toys and games
There are a lot of toys available in the market that help a lot in developing fine motor skills for both toddlers and infants. If your little one is going to school then you can buy board games with pieces for them. Play board games that involve rolling dice.In this way, they can pick the pieces and move it all at ideal places. For example, I have bought Jenga – a strategy game for my daughter which really helped her a lot to develop fine motor skills.
Drawing and painting
You can also develop fine motor skills in your little one through drawing, by using markers, crayons, pencils, and chalk. Remember that it’s not important that your kid’s drawing must be perfect, even scribbling works fine. You can also give opportunity to your little one to paint through fingers and get a bit messy. But try giving them painting brushes, as they will learn to gain greater control through holding brushes.
You can involve kids Paper Cutting activities to build skills and control in your kid. Activities can be simple or complex as you want them .
You can also try origami, a fun paper-folding art. Origami is my daughter’s personal favorite activity since she loves doing craft a lot. Since origami is a paper-folding art it builds a lot of skills and is available in both simple and complex forms.
Also, encourage your little one to do most of their activities themselves like tying shoes, buttoning and zipping shirts and jackets. Self-dressing is also a great way to incorporate fine motor practice. During meal time tell your little one to practice scooping on their own by using a spoon or a fork.
Play-dough and putty
Play-dough and putty can also help improve a child’s fine motor skills. Encourage your child to squeeze, stretch, pinch and roll “snakes” or “worms” with the play clay. You can even have your child try to cut the play-dough with scissors.
Gardening and planting
Digging and gardening may require activities which require smaller muscle control. For instance, transferring seedlings into a garden requires hand-eye coordination skills to safely carry the smaller plant to the new hole. Your child will also need to be able to grasp a trowel to dig and to use a pincer grasp when picking up seeds to plant.
If you still have a lot of concerns about your kid’s fine motor skills development you can reach out to your pediatrician. Seek some help from them and try getting occupational therapy!
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