Develop Fine Motor Skills

Marissa Allaben04 Nov 2019

Each parent should be aware of the importance of the education of art and craft for children from making clay models to painting crayons, the experiences of art and crafts spell fun and learning for children.


What Are Fine Motor Skills?

When children learn to use their smaller muscles, such as muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists, fine motor skills are achieved. While reading, carrying small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, chewing, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards, children use their fine motor skills. It requires precision and coordination to learn fine motor skills. Fine motor skills require precision. Fine motor skills develop after gross motor skills, which control actions like throwing and kicking balls, as well as walking and jumping. Gross motor skills utilize larger muscle groups and require less precision.

By developmentally appropriate services and activities tailored for complete and “all-sided” development, socio-emotional and cognitive capacities are improved during early childhood. This happens through arts education, some educators believe.  Drawing, painting and working with clay are aspects of education in the arts for young children. Music is also an important element, not limited to handcrafts or visuals.

The benefits of arts education are universal and researchers have identified some of its key returns when included as an educational feature during the early years.


How Do We Help Children Develop Fine Motor Skills?

Practice, practice, practice. In most cases of fine motor skill development, practice does make perfect. Some ways to develop these skills are having children do the following activities:


  • Pop bubbles on bubble wrap with just the index finger and thumb
  • Use an eyedropper to add food coloring to batter with just the index finger and thumb
  • Finger painting
  • Puzzles
  • Video games
  • Trace shapes or letters
  • Legos or building blocks


These activities focus on smaller muscle groups. Using the same muscles can help children develop muscle memory, which is when the repetition of one action allows that action to be performed almost automatically without much effort. For example, pressing the correct buttons on video game controllers can be difficult the first few tries. But after playing the game a few times, we tend to master the buttons on the controller. Whether or not we can master the video game itself is a different story, but it does become second nature to press certain buttons to run or jump in the game.

As parents, you carry on a basic job in the growth of your kid’s fine motor skills. The most important thing you can do is to have enjoyable and intuitive opportunities for your child. Developing fine motor skills in early youth training helps build the foundation of important skills in the future such as grammar and self-care.

Fine motor skills are achieved as young people work out how to use their larger muscles in the arms, feet, and elbows, close to muscles. When composing, holding small things, fastening dress, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using PC consoles, children use their fine motor skills. Accuracy and synchronization are necessary for the regulation of fine motor skills.

At the point when joined with expanding hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills likewise open new ways to an investigation, learning, and imaginative articulation. Indeed, look into shows that accentuation on simply educational exercises, retention of letters and numbers, for example, are far less helpful at this phase than interests that support fine motor capacities and hand-eye coordination. These skills as opposed to tallying or recounting the letters to establish the framework for educational learning in later years. To figure out how to compose or draw, for instance, a child’s hand must be solid and facilitated enough to hold a pencil relentless for a significant period; to take part in school sports, games, and ventures, finesse and coordination must be acceptable.

In the pre-school years your child will be able to achieve the following fine motor skills:


  • glue things onto paper
  • applaud
  • contact fingers
  • button and unfasten
  • work a zipper
  • fabricate a pinnacle of 10 squares
  • complete riddles with at least five pieces
  • control pencils and pastels all around ok to shading and draw
  • duplicate a circle or cross onto a bit of paper
  • cut out straightforward shapes with security scissors

The most ideal path for you to help advance these and other hand-related skills is to give your youngster a wide scope of materials to control as her creative mind manages. Great decisions incorporate squares (particularly the interlocking sorts like attractive squares, Legos, bristle squares, Tinker Toys, and development straws), pastels, non-toxic and washable markers and paints, glue, stick, play clay, an easel, development paper, safety scissors, a frock to prepare for recolored garments, shading books, and straightforward sewing cards. This is additionally a prime time for riddles, sand and water toys, and musical instruments.


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