An important task of childhood is for children to gain control over the fine motor muscles of the hand. In doing so, children are able to engage in increasingly complex fine motor activities that are part of everyday living.
For example, young babies work on mastering a whole hand grasp that allows them to grab and pick up objects in their environment. Toddlers work on mastering their pincer grasp that allows them to pick up a piece of food using just their thumb and forefinger. Preschoolers work on scissor skills that allow them to use a pair of scissors to cut paper. And school age kids must master a ‘pencil grip’ in order to hold a pencil in the appropriate position for writing.
As should be obvious, children are born with immature fine motor skills. Their fine motor skills develop over time through physical maturation and lots of practice engaging in activities that develop the muscles of the hand. To aid in the development of children’s fine motor skills, parents, caregivers, and teachers can provide kids with developmentally appropriate fine motor activities.
Below are links to the fine motor activities that have been featured at Gift of Curiosity. Click an image to be taken directly to the post related to each activity.