MINT HILL, NC – We use fine motor skills every day. When we reach for a cup of coffee, open an envelope, or type an email, we are using our fine motor skills. Fine motor skill development in children is an important milestone. Coordination of the muscles and brain helps them to master small movements needed to be independent at home and at school. What we want to see as parents is a natural, steady development of those fine motor skills so that children are eventually able to do, learn, and explore for themselves.
Every child learns, grows, and develops differently. There are some children that need more time to develop fine motor skills. What kinds of activities can your child engage in to develop his fine motor skills?
Construction skills can be developed by playing with lego pieces, puzzles, and train tracks. Engaging in these activities promote hand and finger strength. Pencil skills can be strengthened by writing, scribbling, and coloring. Mastery of object manipulation will give your child’s hands controlled the use of everyday objects such as spoons and toothbrushes. Scissor skills help with hand-eye coordination and also enhances finger strength. Self-care skills ensure that our children are preparing to be relatively independent by the time they are in preschool. Learning how to tie shoes, button-up sweaters, and fasten belts all contribute to the learning process. Using cutlery and opening lunch boxes (or lunch bags) are also ways to ensure that our children are using self-care skills regularly.