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Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. These skills help children perform everyday tasks like feeding themselves, zipping and buttoning clothing, writing, drawing, self-help skills, and so many more. When children have the ability to complete daily self-care tasks their self-esteem and confidence increase.
Children will oftentimes become upset or frustrated if they can not complete everyday tasks, it is important that we work with children on developing fine motor skills early on, as skills will develop and improve as children move through childhood, they need plenty of opportunities to practice.
Activities to develop fine motor skills:
Coloring/ drawing with different art mediums paint, markers, crayons, pencils
Sorting objects using tongs or tweezers
Use spring-loaded clothespins
Building with legos and blocks
Drawing with sidewalk chalk
Eating and cutting food
Brushing hair and teeth
Buttons and zippers on shirts and jackets
What is your favorite activity to do with your child to promote their fine motor development skills?
Anne Q. | Master Teacher