Children will develop their motor skills at different stages in their lives, but one of the key areas kids focus on at a young age are their fine motor skills. They’re the cornerstone of a lot of child’s playtime, writing skills and the ability to be able to use scissors, tying laces and more.
There are a range of activities you can do with your child to improve their fine motor skills even further to improve their hand-to-eye coordination and how they use their hands and fingers. This guide from this private boys school in London will show you ways to improve your child’s fine motor skills.
Playing with toys
Probably the most accessible and fun for children is by playing with toys that they’re given throughout the day. As they continue to enjoy their play time they’re also using their hands and fingers to use their toys.
Using arts and crafts
Having the chance for your child to make anything their heart desires will truly test their fine motor skills. You could bring out a doll making kit, work on a dollhouse together, or bring the paints out, glue and pipe cleaners.
Walking the dog
If you have a dog, or know of a friend or family member that has one, you could ask if your child could have a go at walking them with the family – so long as they don’t pull too much! Giving your child the chance to hold a lead will show that they need strength around their hands to give a tight grip on the lead and also to guide the dog along its path.
Playing in the water with an inflatable swimming pool or taking your children to a water park will give them the chance to practice their swimming strokes. If they’re just starting out, then bring along inflatable armbands and practice by paddling. This tests their arms, legs, hands and entire body coordination.