A child’s development is something we often take for granted. Some skills come easily. Some skills take work. As Moms, we can often help our kids develop and sharpen their skills with the right activities.
I have 3 children that have struggled with their Fine Motor Skills. These skills are the ones that involve all the small muscles in our bodies, and are often combined with our hand eye co-ordination. It is easy to help your child develop these skills. Here are 10 activities that will help strengthen those tiny muscles.
- Play Doh. There are so many things to do with Play Doh. Roll it into balls, use tooth picks to make designs, make “spaghetti” and other play food, the options are endless! The best part is you can make your own, or get it at the dollar store.
- Coloring. Try to find pictures that interest your child. Coloring on an easel is especially good at strengthening the hand muscles. The smaller the crayon, the better. Small crayons can not be “Fisted” and there for help develop a proper grip.
- Scissor activities. If need be, you can find spring loaded scissors. This can make it easier for children with weaker hand muscles.
- Connect the dots
- Lace up books
- String beads on a pipe cleaner or sting. You can make a necklace or bracelet for someone special to keep it exciting!
- Tweezers can be used in many ways, use them to pick up beads, cotton balls, or play the classic Operation board game
- Use eye droppers to “pick up” water. Use food coloring to make different colors of water, and experiment with the mixtures
- Playing with Legos