3 Smart Ways to Develop Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills

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People are often debating what is the most challenging job in the world. Some mention oil rig workers, other jet pilots, but all of them are wrong. The most demanding job on the planet is raising your child. What’s more, you don’t even get paid to do that.

Parenting requires a lot of dedication, time, and patience to ensure your child is growing and learning correctly. One of the crucial aspects of raising your kid is fine motor skills development.

Fine motor skills relate to using small movements of fingers or hands and coordinating them with eyes. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to perform the simplest things, like brushing your teeth, preparing meals, holding a pen, etc.

In a nutshell, they’re responsible for the ability to grab objects and use your fingers and wrists the right way. On the other hand, gross motor skills relate to things like running, jumping, or keeping balance.

And how to ensure your child learns their fine motor skills correctly? You can choose from many activities, but in the article below, we’re going to discuss the three most efficient ones.

Cooking

Every tactile activity is a fantastic way to help in your kid’s fine motor skills development. You can try finger painting, playdough, and yes, cooking. And it’s the last one that we’re going to focus on here.

And how exactly does spending time in the kitchen help your child to develop fine motor skills? Well, let’s take baking cookies, for example. Doing that allows children to practice measuring and counting ingredients, stirring, and working with cookie dough.

It’s a fantastic way to develop a child’s fine motor skills and ensure it knows how much bulk cocoa powder it takes to make a delicious cake. You never know when this knowledge may come in handy.

Also, keep in mind to talk to your child throughout the whole process. Help them understand what’s going on and why you’re adding specific ingredients in such measures. 

Try different recipes and keep them simple. Don’t forget that it’s supposed to be a fun activity, not an episode of “Kitchen Nightmares.”

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts activities are an excellent and fun way to help children develop fine motor skills. Moreover, it’s probably the most appealing to every child.

First of all, there’s coloring. Learning how to hold a crayon, apply pressure, and stay between the lines is incredibly efficient in developing fine motor skills. Besides using coloring books, you can also implement gluing and painting activities. 

No matter what type of crafting activity you pick, you can be sure that it will work just the way it should. What’s more, giving your child some paper and crayons will keep them occupied for some time, allowing you to get some well-deserved rest.

Playing With Objects

What do jigsaw puzzles, building blocks, and magnets have in common? You’ve guessed it. They’re a crucial part of children’s fine motor skills development. Stacking, sorting, grabbing, or building will ensure your child is developing correctly and has some fun at the same time.

And keep in mind that you don’t have to buy specific toys. It doesn’t matter whether your child is playing with blocks or toy soldiers. What counts is that it uses its hands.

Also, it’s a good idea to play with your children. Helping them solve puzzles or build castles is a great bonding experience.

Other Useful Tips

As you can see, there are many activities perfect for the right fine motor skills development. And since they’re all-natural and common when raising a child, you don’t have to spend money on any specialistic therapies or classes.

And if you want to ensure your kid develops correctly and efficiently, there are some additional tips you should remember about. You should always make sure to:

  • Keep it fun and interesting
  • Make learning sessions shorter but more frequent
  • Mix different activities
  • Allow your child to pick the activity they want
  • Make it social

Conclusion

Ensuring your child develops their fine motor skills properly is a crucial part of parenting. Keep in mind that without them, simple things like shoe tying wouldn’t be possible. 

And sure, every person acquires them on their own, but helping your child develop such skills will allow them to learn faster and more efficiently.

Also, keep in mind that you should always make it fun and interesting, no matter the activity. Playing games, solving puzzles, or coloring teaches children much more than dull and repetitive exercises.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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