Fine motor skills can be described as a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. Development of these skills is important to help child be able to complete important tasks such as writing, using cuttlery to eat, buttoning and zippering. These skills adn strength gradually develop through experience and exposure to different toys, materials and even foods.
Why is fine motor skill development important?
Little hands need to develop range of movement and strength. We, as parents or caregivers, can help this process by encouraging children to play, explore and interact with a variety of items.
These examples are all tactile and using them can facilitate fine motor development. Even doing age appropriate tasks in the kitchen are great ways to help build fine motor skills. These types of “play” activities and manipulation skills will actually help prepare a child to hold and use a crayon. As they grow and develop, they will then learn to colour, draw and ultimately write.