Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are crucial for a child's early development in writing. Because fine motor development requires the use of ones hands and fingers it is important to train your child's pincer skills. I have always loved arts and crafts so some of the things I've done with young children at two years old was painting. I love to use water color paints because they are much easier to use then acrylic paints,it also adds to easier clean up. The pincer skills in this case would be the use of fingers and hand to grip and move the paint brush. The motions a child makes while painting with the use of a paint brush is much like the motions used to produce letters which will come later. There are other activities that you can have young children do to help their pincer skills.

For those of you who have children who consistently put things in their mouths well

In one of my classes we made a puzzle with knobs that would allow young children to use their pincer skills to pick up a puzzle piece. Now a days stores will offer puzzles with knobs so you wouldn't need to make one. But if you want to make one it's very easy to make and doesn't take a lot of time or materials. All you need: Construction paper Two card board rectangles or squares Exacto Knife Ruler Bottle Caps Glue Gun


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