DEVELOPING FINE MOTOR SKILLS

THE BENEFITS OF FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Fine motor skills can be as simple as holding a pencil, writing or even getting dressed. Majority of these things are included in school activities and are necessities throughout life. The coordination of your child’s small muscles and movements is extremely important as they grow up.

Mother and son playing

INDEPENDENCE

This is the number benefit of developing fine motor skills. Independence is a core like skill, it’s something that feeds a child’s ability to try new things and take on challenges – something which they work on from birth. The more children feel in control, and in power of their surroundings, the more this confidence will grow. It allows them to attempt many independent skills, such as tidying up after themselves or getting dressed.

HELPS WITH DAILY ACTIVITIES

As mentioned prior, improving fine motor skills can encourage your child to dress themselves. This may encourage them to continue trying new things, as they are keen to continue being more independent. Something as simple as turning a door handle can improve fine motor skills, as well as overcoming obstacles. They are also able to begin feeding themselves, allowing them to explore their food and become a more independent eater.

HAND-EYE COORDINATION

This is another aspect of fine-motor skills, that keeps developing from childhood all the way to adulthood. When children interact with fine-motor skills, such as eating, getting dressed etc they are constantly improving the link between their eyes and hands. Furthermore, hand-eye coordination has shown to benefit parent-child communication and early communicative skills. As children begin to follow their parents gaze, and combine their joint attention and focus.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS ACTIVITIES; PAINTING

Different types of painting can strengthen hand-eye coordination skills, such as finger painting which allows children to have fun and get messy! While using a brush encourages them to gain better control of an object.

PLAY DOUGH

This sensory product can be used to encourage your child to make animals, pinch, roll or squeeze. This will ultimately improve your child’s fine motor skills, as well as a fun activity!

WATER PLAY

Having your child transfer one cup of water to another, you could do this by using an eyedropper or measuring spoons. By adding food colouring, you could make this not only a fine-motor skills activity, but a colour experiment one too!