5 Effective Fine Motor Activities for Kids.
Fine motor development is an essential part of early childhood. During the first years of their life, a child should engage in different types of fine motor skills activities, so they can achieve key developmental milestones and develop abilities that will come in handy later in life.
Fine motor skills are those activities that engage the small muscles of the hand. Did you know the human hand has 27 bones united by 4 large muscle groups?
At first sight, activities that may look simple, like grabbing a pencil or a pair of scissors, are actually the result of complex coordination movements in all the hand components.
Since kids learn a lot when playing to develop fine motor skills we must provide them with fun activities or games they can play to build the foundation to develop hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp, and other complex developmental milestones.
Let us dive right into 4 effective fine motor activities for kids. Nothing like having fun while learning!
The power of the play dough.
Never underestimate the power of a set of play doughs and what they can do for your children in terms of developing fine motor skills. Playing with play dough allows working on fine motor development while providing your kids a chance to be creative and use their imagination.
Among the great number of fine motor activities for preschoolers, this is probably one of the most common and successful ones. This activity is often used for the development of grip strength, but it actually helps with many other fine motor skills.
Children can squash, knead, stretch, tear, roll, and even build with play dough, all this while stimulating the strength of the muscles not only of the hands but also of the arm, forearm, and those that act on the wrist.
You can challenge your children to recreate some figures using the play dough, or maybe stamp figures using cookie molds, yet, the truth is that just using the play dough in a free play environment will be sufficient enough to engage the fine motor skills.
Not only children can strengthen their immune system while playing outdoor, but they can also get a chance to develop fine motor skills, especially if they are using some kind of playground equipment.
Using a climbing wall, a ramp, or swinging from a swing set, are all activities that require both gross and fine motor abilities that our children can acquire slowly after several playing sessions.
Spimbey is here to deliver not only a great, safe, and aesthetic playing experience but to give children and parents a tool they can use during the different stages of their kids’ development.
Our modular outdoor playsets are crafted with the highest security standards and high-quality materials to secure a long lifespan of a product intended for growing alongside your children.
Young children and even teenagers can use a Spimbey to have fun while learning and developing.
Gardening activities may seem like activities best suited for developing gross motor skills, but some also require small muscle control. For example, planting a small plant in a hole in the ground requires hand-eye coordination.
Your child will also need to be able to grasp a shovel to dig, use tongs to grasp the seeds to be planted, or have scissors skills to cut a flower’s stem.
Despite this not being common among activities for kids, it is a cool, fun activity to do, especially during spring and summer days. Gardening also provides your children direct contact with mother nature that can bring calm and peacefulness.
Stringing and spinning.
Activities involving thread, beads, pipe cleaners, sewing, embroidery, inserting objects, etc., require precision and stability.
Children must be able to isolate the movements of the arm, wrist, hands, and fingers to be able to carry out the tasks satisfactorily. In addition, hand-eye coordination and the development of the gripper are practiced in all of them.
Following the trail.
Fine motor skills are essential in reading and writing because they allow children not only to trace letters and then write them, but also to become involved in the task and be able to visually follow the letters and words that they will have to read in the future.
Therefore, a good practice can be to expose children to activities that involve tracing, following letters or shapes, or picking up a pencil and isolating the different muscle groups involved in the writing process. Here are some ways to practice tracing.
At Spimbey, we want every child to reach their full potential. Our playgrounds are places for fun and lovely memories and also places where children can learn and develop new, exciting abilities they will later use.