Developing fine motor skills helps your child in performing tasks that require movement of smaller muscles. Fine motor control and hand-eye coordination helps them in writing, brushing teeth, zipping zippers, washing hands, participating in sports and games, and so on. There are many activities you can try at home to improve fine motor skills in preschoolers.
Here are 5 ways to improve fine motor skills in your child:
- Engage Your Child in Whole-Body Activities
Let your child participate in active play that involves the whole body. Swinging in the park, swimming in a pool, jumping, climbing, and hanging help in developing and strengthening muscles which is important for building fine motor skills.
- Let Your Child Crawl or Bear Weight on Their Hands
Involve your child in activities that include crawling on all fours or bearing weight on their hands. Crawling through tunnels, crawling like animals, and practicing yoga poses will help in strengthening the muscles in the hands.
- Incorporate Fine Motor Development Activities into Your Child’s Daily Routine
Give your child squeezable water toys while bathing, let them carry or push laundry baskets, help them mix and stir foods. All these activities are great for hand and arm strengthening.
- Use Items Around Your House to Promote Fine Motor Skills
Use stuff in the house to help in the motor skills development of your child. Squeezing clips onto a box’s edge, putting pipe cleaners into the holes of a strainer and pulling them out are some of the activities that promote fine motor development.
- Encourage Your Child to Be Creative
Provide your child the toys and tools that encourage creativity. Let them explore the things on their own. Stand back even when you notice that things are getting messy. The less control you will have on your child’s creativity, the better for developing fine motor skills.
Be patient, encourage and support your child’s efforts to help developing fine motor skills in your child.
How We Help in Improving Fine Motor Skills in Children
We, at Pacific Preschool and Kindergarten, provide many learning opportunities to enhance fine motor skills in children. Using playdough is one of them. Playdough is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling, flattening play dough – all develop children’s muscles and encourage prewriting and other skills such as cutting with scissors, using tweezers, holding a pencil and so much more. Playdough inspires creativity and imagination. The possibilities for playdough play are endless! Adding popsicle sticks, corks, jewels, pompoms plus tools for cutting and rolling inspire the imagination, fuel decision-making skills and result in amazing 3-D creations!!