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Helping Your Child Develop their Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are the biggest leap in a child’s development right from a young age through to their experiences in primary school and secondary school. We rely a lot on our fine motor skills, like typing on a keyboard, phone or tablet, tying our shoelaces, holding doors open for people and placing books into a bag, just to name a few.

To help your child with their fine motor skills throughout life, here are some top tips from this prep school in Harpenden.

Allow your child to set the table
At dinner time you have a perfect opportunity to show your child how to lay the table using the right cutlery and other utensils. Ask them to grab the right number of forks, knives and spoons and lay across the table correctly. Practice holding the utensils in their hands so that they learn how to eat with them over time.

Finger painting
Something both fun and exciting is using paint to mimic finger actions and making shapes or other works of art. Let your child pick out some paints and let them draw it out without using any paintbrushes or pencils.

Get out some puzzles
Puzzles are small pieces great for children to handle and give them the chance to pick up and hold. Having lots of different shaped pieces will also challenge a child’s critical thinking skills, as they’ve got to spend time planning where each puzzle piece has to go.

Use playdough or clay
The squishy consistency of playdough or child’s clay is a good way of allowing your child to break pieces apart, twist, poke holes or cut up pieces and make them into whatever shapes they like. However they’re using their hands and fingers can mean your child gets to test many areas of your child’s fine motor skills as a result.


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