Fine Motor Development:
What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills usually develop later than gross motor skills. Some of the first signs are done with the hands/arms such as raising their arm up and down or waving with their hand. Fine motor skills take much more effort to develop for children than do gross motor skills due to changes in the body during growth and the development of the nervous system. Age appropriate tools in the classroom or around the home will help with these changes during growth.
Fine motor skills are very important as they are what help us to function in daily life. Without these skills we wouldn’t be able to do simple tasks such as, turn a door knob, fasten zippers and buttons, hold a beverage, write with a pencil, type on a keyboard, and so much more.
These skills are a very important part of early childhood development as other areas of development heavily rely on them. For example, how can a child develop the skill of riding a tricycle if they don’t have the strength or ability to grasp the handle bars? How can a child develop emotionally if they can’t grasp the crayons or glue sticks or cut with scissors to create their own masterpieces at the art shelf? How can a child develop an interest in books if they can’t hold one, and turn the pages? I think you get where I’m going with this. Fine motor skills are necessary in all aspects of life.
How do we develop fine motor skills? Fine motor skills are developed from very early on in life. Remember the first time your newborn grasped your finger with their teeny tiny hand? That grasp is called the palmer grasp which involves every muscle in the hand. From that moment on every time your child moves their hand, they start developing the strength to get involved in fine motor activities.
Have you ever heard of tummy time? Tummy time is an important time for developing babies and building strength in their hands. When you place your infant on their tummy, on the floor, you are giving them the opportunity to develop the strength they need in their hands and fingers that will help them hold pens, pencils, and even color as they grow throughout life.
Who knew that such tiny muscles could have such a big impact in our everyday life.
What will you find on this fine motor skills web site? You will find fun songs, poems and activities to do with children to help them develop fine motor skills along with hand-eye coordination. You will also find tips on how to start developing all areas of fine motor skills and different tools you can use to help infants and children along the way.
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Registered Early Childhood Educator