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How to improve fine motor skills in children

How to improve fine motor skills in children

May 23, 2022, 2:51 p.m.
2 minute read

It is important for children to develop their fine motor skills more quickly in order to be able to hold a pencil and tie shoelaces. (Photo credit: Pixnio)

Fine motor skills involve the movement of small muscles that require the brain to coordinate action and vision.

Children develop motor skills at different rates. But when they struggle with fine motor skills, they may find it difficult to do various activities.

Here are some ways to develop your child’s fine motor skills if you think they’re falling behind.

Drawing is probably the most creative activity for toddlers. Notice how they proceed with the colors.

You can also indirectly encourage or teach them to hold and draw. It’s adorable to see a child trying to do a job on their own.

Help them pick up crayons and other mediums like chalk, crayons, and sketch pens, and let the rest take its course naturally.

Using scissors can sharpen fine motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination.

However, be sure to check that the scissors are safe for your little one, they shouldn’t be too sharp or pointy or they could end up hurting themselves.

You can draw the shapes to cut out.

Since these muscles are still developing and have never been used this way before, they require practice.

Being able to grasp specific objects with their fingers helps children develop their fine motor skills.

The building blocks help them develop stronger muscles in their hands and improve their coordination.

Building things, separating blocks and picking them up will help them learn to write.

It also teaches them to be patient and persistent and gives a sense of accomplishment at the end.

Give them modeling clay

By playing with modeling clay or modeling clay, children quickly learn shapes and sizes.

The soft dough provides a feeling of tangibility, strengthening the arches of their hands and helping them learn to grasp objects.

Encourage your child to make small objects with the dough by pressing, stretching and rolling the dough.

Make some prints on the dough to impress them.

Place a handful of puffed rice on a tray and take two bowls, one for your child and one for you.

Now get ready and start a race to see who can collect the most beans.

Sure, you’ll win several games effortlessly, but be patient with your child and encourage them to win.

Over time, their techniques will change.

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