Whether your child is just learning to write or you’re trying to help them develop and strengthen their fine motor skills, challenging them early on can have benefits that last a lifetime. One of the best ways to improve your child’s fine motor skills is by giving them small tasks and assignments throughout the day. By assigning small tasks like writing letters, numbers, shapes, and even drawing a simple picture they’ll be able to complete many in a short period of time which will improve their self-confidence and help them become more independent. Here are some other ways you can help your child with their fine motor skills
Teach your child how to use tools properly
The way your child uses tools can have a huge impact on their ability to use the tools required to complete tasks. For example, when your child uses an art crayon to draw, their hand muscles are more active and stronger than if your child, who uses a pencil. This will help your child develop fine motor skills and increase their ability to grasp and control objects. When it comes to using tools like scissors and a pencil, encouraging your child to grip the tool correctly and hold it at the correct angle will have a huge impact on their future. Most importantly, teaching your child how to use tools properly can help build confidence and self-esteem.
Play games to improve your child’s fine motor skills
When children are young they usually have very little experience with fine motor skills, so they can become frustrated and anxious when tasks take longer than they normally would. This can lead to low self-esteem and feelings of frustration for your child and for you as their parent. If your child is having trouble with fine motor skills, playing games can be an excellent way to improve them. Many games use imagery and colours to help develop your child’s visual perception, which can be helpful for those with a cognitive delay.
Encourage finger play and activities that require grasping
Encouraging finger play and activities that require grasping can help children develop the muscles used for grasping and holding objects. This is particularly helpful if your child has been injured and has weak hands. While playing games that don’t require fine motor skills, (such as sports or board games) can be an excellent activity to help improve your child’s fine motor skills.
Don’t force your child to use their fingers when they can’t yet
If your child is having difficulties using their fingers, don’t force them to use them. This may cause them to become frustrated and even develop an anxiety around using their fingers. It is important to understand that each child develops at their own pace, so don’t force your child to use their fingers when they are not ready.
Plan ahead and make organisation a habit
Planning ahead, even just the day before, can help your child to stay organised and make managing daily tasks easier. Organising your child’s daily life can help them to make better decisions and feel more in control of their own life. It can also help your child learn how to manage their time better which can help prevent impulsiveness and excessive behaviour.
In order to improve your child’s fine motor skills, you can encourage them to complete small tasks, such as writing letters or numbers, drawing simple pictures, and using tools correctly. You can also play games that require better hand/eye coordination and improve your child’s ability to grasp and hold objects. If your child is having difficulty using their fingers, don’t force them to use them. Instead, help your child understand that they are ready when they are able to use their fingers. And, try to keep daily tasks and responsibilities as simple as possible so your child doesn’t become frustrated.Additionally, plan ahead and organise your child’s life so they can better keep track of their daily tasks. By implementing these tips, you can help your child become more self-confident and confident in their daily life.