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These fun fine motor activities can help your child to develop the skills needed for handwriting and self care tasks.
Over the years I have added lots and lots of pages crammed with photographed activity ideas - so this page is where I link to them all.
I've categorized the different pages with a brief overview of each category.
All pages contain photos, tips, and loads of helpful information. You will also find links to related pages on my site, because issues like pencil grasp and handwriting are very relevant when you are looking to boost your child's fine motor skills.
This site is intended to promote your child's normal development. If you are at all concerned about your child's fine motor development, please consult your health professional. Use of this site is not a substitute for an occupational therapy evaluation and treatment.
Being able to control the small muscles of the hands and fingers has been shown to have a greater impact on handwriting skills than the actual pencil grip the child uses. Fine motor activities should, therefore, make up a big part of a child's daily life, in order to prepare him/her for handwriting.
These pages on my site provide easy-to-do fine motor exercises and activities to strengthen hand and finger muscles and improve dexterity in the hands. I also give ideas on how to help kids develop better finger movement and pencil control, but you should only try those activities once your child has mastered the simpler activities.
The position of the wrist plays an important role in how well your child will be able to control the pencil when writing, and so I have included a page about wrist extension (the position of the wrist) as well as a page of activities and exercises that may help kids who struggle with poor wrist positioning.
Do you want practical activities to help develop your child's fine motor skills with everyday resources?
Are you tired of lists of suggestions that don't show you HOW to do the activities?
My Fine Motor Activities download will give you lots of helpful information as well as more than 24 pages of photographed activities to help support your child's fine motor skills!
Cutting with scissors is an important fine motor exercise, as it strengthens the fingers that are needed to control the pencil, and also helps develop stability on the ulnar side of the hand (the little finger side of the hand). This can help children with other fine motor skills, including handwriting.
Preschoolers should spend lots of time learning to cut with scissors, and I have written these pages to inspire you with photographed ideas and to answer frequently asked questions about how to help kids learn to cut, and how to help them improve their cutting skills.
I also provide a free cutting template download, and lots of tips to help your child develop good scissor skills.
Is your child struggling to cut neatly with scissors?
Do you want to teach your preschooler how to cut with scissors but don't know where to start?
My 33 page scissor skills e-book will help answer your questions, and will give you step by step photographed activities to help your child master scissor skills.
There are many factors that can influence a child's fine motor development. I explore some of these in my Fine Motor Skills page below.
But I also believe there are Essential Bases that form a foundation for good fine motor development - and I believe that preschool and kindergarten years should include lots of activities that build those bases before giving the child pencil and paper tasks.
My 4 essential bases for good fine motor development are postural stability, tactile perception, hand function and bilateral coordination. Hand function is covered by the sections above, but you can find pages discussing the other fine motor foundations below.
Have fun exploring all the options and helping your child develop a good foundation for fine motor development!
These themed pages contain some fun fine motor activities and ideas to help your child build skills with playdough, baking or Christmas activities...
When parents are looking for fine motor activities to help their child, they often have questions about related skills and issues, such as pencil grips and handwriting.
Check out these pages on my site for some answers to your questions!
Some of my blogger friends have written helpful articles related to fine motor skills - check them out:
This free printable download gives you an overview of the essential bases for fine motor development.
It is part of a set of 3 handouts that I compiled to help parents understand how fine motor skills, gross motor skills and visual perception skills can affect your child's learning.
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