As a parent, you play a very important role in your child’s development, and this includes the development of their fine motor skills. One of the most important things that you can do for your child’s development is giving them fun and interactive opportunities which will help them develop their fine motor skills in a natural way.

Fine motor skills referred to movements that I used by the small muscles in the hands wrists and fingers. This can include important tasks such as getting dressed, eating, grasping toys, writing, and more. The ability to complete these skills on your own is what helps to boost a child’s self-esteem from a young age.

It’s very important to make sure that you help your child to develop their fine motor skills froma young age. Some children may struggle with performing some of these tasks and this can cause them to become upset and frustrated. As a result, they may want to completely avoid the task all together. Here are some great ways how you can help to develop your child’s fine motor skills that are fun and engaging.

Take part in activities such as:

• Colouring

• Cutting

• Writing

• Play dough  activities

• Picking up blocks

• Puzzles

• Beading necklaces

• Building Legos

• Brushing teeth

• Cutting and eating food

• Tying shoes

Your child’s fine motor skills will gradually increase as they do various activities to help strengthen the specific muscles. It is important to encourage your child to play and explore different activities as this further helps to develop their coordination

There are many benefits to having well developed fine motor skills:

• Help children to perform crucial tasks on their own

• Improves hand-eye coordination

• Children learn to use more tools like chalk, crayons, scissors and pencils

• Help to develop their handwriting skills

• Children become more independent

• It helps to boost their self-esteem

For more information about the development of fine motor skills or to book a consultation, contact Anel at anel@childpsych.co.za.