Fine motor skills development is the coordination of small muscle movements usually involving thumb fingers hand and wrist movements.
In early years in children they help refine pincer grasp which is basically movement of thumb and pointer finger and it’s precursor to handwriting. By using these muscles we exercise them so that children can gain control and strength while colouring,drawing,cutting and forming letters or writing when it’s age appropriate so if fine motor skills are not strong kids will get frustrated while doing tasks such as writing hence leading to poor self esteem anxiety and even stress!!!
These skills begin right from birth when at birth they have a very strong palmar grasp i.e when they holdout finger securely in their palm too gradually holding big to small objects.
In toddlers it’s especially very important as they perform tasks like reaching grasping which in turn improves their hand eye coordination,moving and using various tools like crayons pencils scissors etc
Hence making them more independent and confident!!!
By the age of 2 to 3 years a child must be able to do the following activities:
Here are some materials and activities for these skill development..
All the above activities definitely will help in fine motor skill development but are even useful when one is stuck indoors due to bad weather conditions and or a cranky unwell baby..
Do try the above activities and let me know how it went!!
Happy parenting !!!
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