6 Ways To Build Your Child’s Motor Skills

This is how you should improve your kid's motor skills.

Strengthening small muscles of your kids is important to equip them with motor skills. Gross motor skills include jumping and running whereas fine motor skills involve movements like writing and holding a pencil steady. Mastering fine motor skills will make writing easier for them during their pre-school days. Don’t worry, there is no rocket science involved in it. As a parent, you can aid them to develop these motor skills through simple activities mixed with creative fun. Here are a few of them to develop and build the muscles needed for fine motor skills.

Let Them Use Play Dough

 Squeezing, and stretching play dough enhance your kid's finger muscles.

No surprises there! Play dough is a universal favorite for kids. And the good thing is that it is not without any merits. As they roll, squeeze, and stretch play dough, it enhances their finger muscles. Another good thing is that you can add other combination materials like buttons, shells, or googly eyes to

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make it more interesting. Let them go wild with play dough. Their creative mind will come up with cupcakes, monsters, and many other shapes. Well, never dare to comment on their creations or ask them what they have made. You can always wrap it up with just two words, “Looks awesome, dear!”

Make A Collage

Making a collage can boost your kid's motor skills.

Another fun, sensory activity for kids, which can boost their motor skills. Cutting with scissors, tearing paper into strip, and pasting things onto paper will definitely help them. Let them make different, simple images by cutting and folding papers. Of course, ensure that they use safety scissors.

Finger Painting

Finger painting helps your kid improve fine motor skills.

Yes, it is a messy affair. But your kids will love it and it is very productive. Besides developing muscles, the sensory experience of exploring paint is

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valuable. Get a thick piece of paper and some finger paints. Your kids will take care rest of it. To make it easier for you, choose a place like a garage so that you don’t need to worry about the mess.

Broken Crayons

Using broken crayons will give them a better grip on a pencil.

Holding a pencil between the thumb and forefinger is a tough task for kids. With a well-developed fine motor skill, the job can be made easier for them. Using broken, small crayons or chalks may motivate them to keep it correctly and give them a better grip on the crayons. This will slowly prepare them to hold the pencil correctly while writing.

Pasta Necklaces

 Making a necklace using strings and bead improves their hand-eye coordination

Making a necklace using strings and beads is a great learning method for kids. This will help

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them work on their hand-eye coordination. To make it appealing to them, instead of beads, you can give them large pieces of dry pasta. Or stick a dry spaghetti skewers into a play dough and ask them to fill it up with beads.

Play With Blocks

 Let your kids play with large wooden blocks to groom their motor skills.

This no-mess activity will appeal to many parents. Get them large wooden blocks and let them stack it up. Encourage them to build big towers or anything that interests them. They learn how to hold on to these blocks and how to combine two blocks using their tiny hand muscles. Block play will also boost their problem solving and imagination skills.

As you have seen, it is important to encourage them to use their hands. Apart from these activities, you can bring in a few changes in day to day life to promote motor skills. Encourage them to do certain things independently without your help.

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For instance, zipping zippers, opening doors, buttoning shirts, and brushing teeth. Even the use of spoon and fork during meal time need to be encouraged. These daily activities, which often go unnoticed, have a great role to play in increasing the hand-eye coordination.