💜 What are fine✂️💅 motor skills? 🤷
Before a child can 🤾♀️run, they must learn to 🏃♀️👟walk. Before they can walk, they must learn to 👟👶 crawl. This is the same for activities such as jumping, running and 🧩🧸🪀 playing. These skills are all developed from fine🤔 💭motor skills.
Fine motor skills refer to 👨👧👦 the ability to make movements using the small 💪muscles in our🖐 hands and wrists. They involve a match between the🧠 brain and muscles, which 😀💚 helps a child with writing, grasping small 🏹objects, and fastening🩳👙 clothing to name a few.
💜 Why are fine ✂️ 🗝️motor skills important?🤷♂️
Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles that control the hands, fingers, and thumbs. They help children do important‼️ tasks as they grow 🔝👶up.
Fine motor skills are important‼️ for many parts in a child’s🧠💯 development, such as: feeding🍱🍴 themselves, grasping and holding🐎 toys, 🍭🚙 buttoning and zipping 👚👢clothes, ✍️ writing, drawing, 🖊️📔and many more.
Fine motor skills will develop 💡🙇♂️ and improve as they move through👨👩👧👦 childhood.
💜 Examples of fine motor skills:
There are 💯many small things 👨👩👧👦 children can do every ☀️🕶️day which can help 🏋strengthen☀️🕶️💪 their fine motor skills, palm aches and wrist stability.
1- Encourage them to open🚪🧭 doors.
The doorknobs and the handles can help strengthen their wrists by moving them up and down or left and right.
2- Encourage them to use a🤳 toy phone. This and buttoning and unbuttoning clothes can🙌 help 👏children with 🖐 their palm arches.
3- Tying 👟shoe👢 laces, using✂️scissors, brushing and flossing 🦷😬 their teeth can help improve their scissor ✍️ skills.
💜 Fun activities to help improve 🙋fine motor skills. 🎾🥏
There are many FUN🥳🤩 activities to help 👍improve👨💻 fine motor skills. Repeating activities 🖥️🔁 every day for a short period of time can help any child easily improve these skills.
Practice makes perfect! ‼️Some children struggle with☹️ cutting, drawing on lines or colouring in lines and threading but when encouraged daily, 🧡improvement💛 is certain.
Playing with😍 🖐play dough or 🙌putty is very enjoyable for young children and is one of the easiest ways to help🧡 improve their fine motor skills.
Drawing and 📖🖌️🖋️ colouring as often as possible. ⏰
Cutting ✂️out shapes, 🟣🟩🔺 or for younger children just learning to cut on a line will be a big help to improve motor skills.
Playing with sand, and making sand 🏰 cakes 🏖️and shapes.🟣🟩🔺
💜 Some of the most popular fine motor skill activities are:
✨ Alphabet or number puzzles ✨
✨ Matching small shapes to patterns ✨
✨ Threading beads onto a string✨
✨ Building Lego ✨
✨ Tearing paper and cutting with scissors ✨