Developing Fine Motor Control
There are many activities that help to develop fine motor control that can be tried at home.
Squeezing clothes pegs open and closed
Using children’s chop-sticks and tweezers to pick up small items
Exploring with playdough
Opening and closing screw caps
Playing with water squirt toys
Squeezing and releasing sponges and cloths
Zipping and unzipping
Buckling and unbuckling
Drawing, painting, and colouring
Putting small objects together
Manipulating small objects such as coins
Picking up and holding onto small objects
Using locks and keys
Turning things over – snap games, matching pairs or turning pages of a book
Varying activities and making them fun is important to keep children interested and keen to practise. Anything that makes the fingers, hands and wrists move are excellent things to try!
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