Development of fine motor skills of your child is one of the most important things when it comes to mental and physical development of your child. Fine motor skills are important in basic developments like learning to write and holding objects.
If these skills are not developed properly at appropriate age, this leads to frustration in children and they might struggle to get along and compete with their peers.
Most of the children start developing their fine motor skills at quite young age by doing different development focused activities. Here are three easy tips for improving these motor skills in your child.
Playing with Play-Dough
Motor skills in child are developing by doing things and learning things and one of the best tools to encourage this in your child is letting them play with putty-like materials. Children not only strengthen their hand muscles and fingers by stretching, squeezing and rolling the putty, play-dough or clay but more importantly they also learn manipulation by playing with these materials.
Such play improves dexterity of your child magically.
Painting and Coloring
Painting and coloring can be started as soon as possible. Initially children start to learn a lot by finger painting. This technique improves dexterity in children and helps strengthen their hand muscles. It also improves their sensory skills.
The children can then progress to coloring with crayons. At the start children will hold the crayons differently but as they practice more, they will soon learn to correctly grip the crayons.
This is one of the most important activities for improving motor skills in children because it also gives them a good foundation and they will already be knowing how to grip and hold a pencil at school.
Playing with Different Materials
One of the easiest ways of training fine motor skills is letting your child play with different materials but it is one of the least used one.
It is a good idea to set a set up a play bench for your child with different materials on it. Different containers can be placed on the bench with different materials in them. Children will love to move water from container to container. It is not only fun but it is also a great training in motor skills.
A sand bucket is also a good way of presenting different challenges to yoru child. With addition of some water, children can already start to imagine and create sand castles.
These are some of the simplest ways to develop motor skills in your child. But there are also endless possible ways of doing that. In short, any kind of play in which your child has to exercise control over fingers and hands is an excellent starting point for this.