Developing Fine Motor Skills

Are you paying attention to your child’s fine motor skills? An important part of a young life, motor skills start to develop as children grow, using their limbs and digits to move around, complete simple tasks and understand what they’re capable of. Here are four great tips to help your child develop theirs.

Rais’n’bake

The next time you feel like making delicious bran and raisin muffins or oatmeal raisin cookies, get your kids to help you; placing the raisins in the dough is an awesome opportunity for them to master their fingers. Each delicate movement is a refined training exercise that will strengthen their muscles. (If you really want to test their ability, make them use chopsticks! You may have to add in a chocolaty incentive).

Bracelet Races

Another great game for your kids to play, Bracelet Races puts their fine motor skills to the test in a fast paced race against the clock and their friends. To play: have your kids make bead bracelets (or fruit loop bracelet) as fast as they can, ‘just for fun’, record their time and see if they can beat their best. It’s a great way to grow their hand-eye co-ordination, cognitive abilities and fine motor muscles.

Colander Art

Similar to other exercises, this game is a wonderful way for you to keep children in your line of sight and have them exercise those all-important fine motor muscles. All you need is a colander and some pipe cleaners. The challenge is to get children to fill every hole in the colander with pipe cleaners to create some sort of artwork. By playing this game you can build their confidence and help them develop their skills.

Lego!

An all too famous friend of parents and kids around the world, Lego is a great way to get kids to practice their hand-eye co-ordination, as well as exercise their cognitive abilities and fine motor muscles. Thanks to the size of Lego and artistic ability it offers children, there’s no end to the fantastic ways they can use it to develop.