For young children of pre school, kindergarten and early school age, fine motor skill development is extremely important . Fine motor skills start to develop when a child uses the smaller muscles in their hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. It is the co – ordination of the child’s brain between the action and what they are seeing . These skills are useful in doing everyday activities like buttoning up a shirt, tying shoelaces, eat some break fast , zip up pants, brushing teeth, combing hair , pulling socks and cutting with scissors and writings. Parents at home and teachers in kindergarten encourage and help kids to improve their fine motor skills with simple fun activities like Play- dough, puzzles, drawing, colouring in and painting, using kitchen tongs or tweezers , cutting with scissors, bath time play, sand play, threading and lacing , learning to brush teeth activity etc. Through these activities a young child is able to do every day tasks effectively and will able to develop self confidence, self – care , independence skills and also their academic performance.
By Sushma Dewasar
Mother Teacher of Kalika ‘B’