The coordination between small muscles, like the ones in your hands, and your eyes is referred to as fine motor skills. Fine motor skills enable such functions as grasping small items, writing and buttoning your shirt. Fine motor skills involve fine motor control, strength and dexterity.
Children develop fine motor skills at different rates. However, when a child struggles with fine motor skills, they will have trouble with key tasks including grasping utensils and manipulating small objects with their fingertips. They might even have a hard time tying their shoes.
If your child is struggling with fine motor skills, there are things you can do to help. Kid Scholars Academy, your preschool in Sugar Land, offers ways to improve fine motor skills.
Painting is a great activity that can help strengthen your child’s hand-to-eye coordination. Finger painting is great because it gives children the opportunity to use their hands in a creative way.
Painting pictures with a brush helps children learn how to hold a brush and gain control using it as a tool.
Digging up and planting a garden is another way children can build their fine motor skills. Transferring seedlings into your garden requires hand-to-eye coordination and skills to carry the small plant and plant it in a bigger hole.
Using gardening tools, like a trowel, for example, is also a good way to build fine motor skills.
Beading builds small muscles in the hands, so you and your child should make a bracelet or a necklace. Stock up on some colorful yarn and wooden beads and have fun making jewelry and building fine motor skills.
Using a hole punch to create designs or pictures will help improve visual skills and hand strength. All you need to do is draw a design or shape on a piece of paper and have your child use a hole punch to create the border.
You can take it a step further by letting them use pipe cleaners to lace through the holes.
Play-Doh is one of the best open-ended toys because your child can use their imagination to create just about anything. And while they are creating their masterpieces, they are also practicing their fine motor skills.
When your child peels off stickers and places them elsewhere, they are developing fine motor skills. Buy stickers of characters they love and they will have fun all afternoon.
Child-friendly or trainer chopsticks are a fun way to practice fine motor skills. You can serve up finger foods that can be picked up with chopsticks, like cut up hot dogs, or you can simply have your child use the chopsticks to pick up small items like cotton balls or small figurines.
Using scissors is a great way to help your child develop their fine motor skills. Just make sure you are using kid-friendly scissors.
The mission of Kid Scholars Academy in Sugar Land is simple – we want your child to excel in every possible way. Contact us for more details.