Fine motor skills are important to work on with preschoolers. Fine motor skills are those activities that involve the small muscles in your hands, fingers and thumb. These muscles help children learn how to zip, snap, and button to complete self-help skills like independent dressing. They are also important for feeding, serving, and pouring, and as the child develops, the fine motor skills develop so that the child can write and cut with scissors.
At Wee Disciples Preschool we provide our preschoolers with activities and opportunities to develop age appropriate fine motor skills. Sensory activities such as water play, digging and scooping in sand/coffee grounds/rice/pasta/beans, and play-dough play can help to develop fine motor skills. Toys such as Legos, Unifix cubes, stacking cups, puzzles, counting bears, etc. help to develop small muscle skills. It may be play to the child, but it is this play that helps develop these small muscles.
Preschool is also a wonderful time to introduce art experiences that will contribute to fine motor development. Painting with various objects, gluing, tearing, cutting and coloring will build skills in the Fine Motor area. Any way that you can encourage a child to draw and “write” just leads to improved fine motor skills.
The following are examples of fine motor activities to try with your child at home.