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Fine motor skills are “skills that employ the small muscles used in manipulation, such as those in the fingers” (Rathus, 2017). Fine motor skills allow a child to dress themselves, stack blocks, and hold a pencil. Thus, fine motor skills help develop hand-eye coordination and the muscles in the wrists, hands, and fingers.
If you are concerned about your child meeting any of these milestones, discuss this with your child’s doctor.
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Playdough is a great one for strengthening the fingers and wrists. We got our daughter a play dough kit that came with little tools that allow her to cut the dough, as well as make shapes out of it. We also use our hands to roll the dough and essentially make “pancakes” out of it.
2.Spike the Fine-Motor Hedgehog
According to Amazon, this was a Toy of the Year Finalist. This toy is suggested for use with children that are 18 months and older. Also, not only does this toy help with fine motor skills, it can also be used to help build color recognition, sorting, and counting skills.
This toy is suggested for those between 1 and 3 years of age. This toy helps children develop lacing skills, encourages fine-motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. This will help develop the skills that are necessary for tieing shoes.
4.Helping Hands Fine-Motor Tool Set
These strengthen hand muscles for writing. You can use beads, water, and pom-poms with these to help develop fine-motor skills.
5.Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads
This has great reviews on Amazon! It helps build fine-motor, cognitive, and visual-perception skills, as well as hand-eye coordination. For example, parents can also help children identify the colors and count the beads.
6.Paint with Water Bundle
I have used these, and I love them! They are great for color recognition, developing fine-motor skills (holding paintbrushes helps develop the muscles responsible for holding a pencil), and developing hand-eye coordination.
This toy has excellent reviews, and it helps develop hand-eye coordination, fine-motor skills, and creative thinking. This is recommended for children who are 18 months and older.
8. Melissa and Doug Lace and Trace Activity
This toy is ideal for practicing fine motor skills. Children can also practice identifying shapes while practicing lacing skills. This toy is recommended for children who are 3 years of age and older.
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My little one enjoying painting with water!
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Rathus, S. A. (2017). Childhood: Voyages in development (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Stewart, R., Rule, A. C., & Giordano, D. A. (2007). The effect fine motor skill activities in kindergarten student attention. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35, 103-109.