On a weekly basis, I perform Developmental Screenings on Preschool Age Children. These screenings include; Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Problem Solving, Personal Social and Communication. Over 60% of the kids I screen fail or are borderline failing the Fine Motor Development Section. I typically don’t worry about a child being low in the Fine Motor section if there aren’t other catergories where they have failed. Especially if they are a first year preschooler. As parents, a lot of times we don’t give our young children opportunities to develop their fine motor. Why? Well, fine motor play can be pretty messy sometimes! Scissors, paint, markers, tons of small toys…YIKES! What parent wants to give their kid scissors and markers??? But, it is so important! Fine motor skills in early childhood will affect writing and higher fine motor skills later in life.
There are so many ways to easily boost fine motor skills right around your home!
- Painting, coloring, scribbling
- Play Dough
- Scissors (Scary, i know)
- Playing with small toys
- Linking Toys
- Helping in the kitchen- Stirring, smashing, opening packages
- Small Blocks
- Small manipulative toys
- Ripping Paper
- Sticking Stickers
I could go on and on about ways to boost fine motor! I have included a FREE fine motor game printable. Not only is it amazing for fine motor, but it can be used for counting, number recognition, art, etc.. You can even print off two copies and let your child take a stab at cutting them out. Don’t worry if they aren’t cutting on the lines! All you will need is a printer, paper, scissors and clothes pins!
Below are the FREE printables for and awesome clothes pin fine motor game. For best results- Print on white paper!