HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S FINE MOTOR SKILLS WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS (that you probably have in your home)

blog 4What is a FINE MOTOR SKILL??

- holding a pencil, coloring

- cutting with scissors

- manipulating play-doh

- getting dressed (including zippers, buttons, belts, snaps)

- using utensils to self-fed

- pushing items together (like Legos) and pulling apart

- opening/closing latches, bottles, doors knobs, etc.

Here is a list of materials (and a few quick ideas) that can really promote fine motor skills:

·   Pom Poms in general are small, needing small movements to grasp them, pick them up, and move them. They are fantastic material to work on hand eye coordination.

·   Buttons are also small items that work great in developing fine motor skills. Picking them up works those small muscles, But the true fine motor skills comes in the act of buttoning something up, that takes some amazing finger strength and hand eye coordination.

·   Paper Clips are great for finger movements and manipulation. Being able to slide the clip onto a piece of paper takes a lot of concentration for kids in preschool and kindergarten.

·   Clothespins are a fantastic material for building finger strength. We use them a lot in our learning activities that the kids absolutely love.

·   Rubber Bands also work on finger strength, but in the opposite way that most materials do. These are a fantastic addition to any fine motor activity!

·   Tweezers take a lot of hand eye coordination to be able to operate successfully and move an item from one place to another. Try it!

·   Pipe Cleaners can be used as a great tool for fine motor skills. They can be threaded and poked!

·   Straws can be used as beads, to thread onto something! But they also work great with play dough too.

·   Play Dough is fantastic for building those small muscles! Kneading, pushing and rolling the dough really helps

Original article found here: https://handsonaswegrow.com/fine-motor-skills-activities/