Fine and gross motor activities are very essential for the overall development of the kid. Fine motor skills are frequently thought of as the abilities required to manipulate a pencil for legible handwriting or to manage clothing fasteners. Given that handwriting and independent dressing skills are not yet developmentally appropriate for your toddler or preschooler, you can help support the development of fine motor skills through a variety of naturally occurring play activities. These fine motor skills activities are great for encouraging fine motor development while also having fun!
Fine and gross motor skills is one of the most important skills to be developed in a child’s early year. Fine motor skills refer to the coordination between small muscles, like those of the hands and fingers, with the eyes. All the daily task which we perform involve our fingers so it’s really important to strengthen those small muscles.
Fine motor skills involve functions such as writing, grasping small objects and fastening buttons and so on and so forth. Fine motor skills activities for parents or caregivers to try at home with their toddler to aid in the development of fine motor skills are listed below. While some of these activities can be done independently, we recommend that your toddler be supervised when playing with small items.
Gross Motor Skills involves the larger, stronger muscle groups of the body. In the early year development of these muscles enables the baby to hold his/her head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run and skip.Few examples of Gross Motor Skills are walking, running, jumping, climbing, balance, strength etc.
Fine and Gross motor skills are utmost important to develop in younger kids, however it’s not rocket science! Let’s look at some super easy and no-prep activities using home items which can go a long way in improving and developing their Fine and gross motor skills.
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Let’s see more 15 no-prep fine motor activities for toddlers that are easy to set up and enhances a whole range of skills. They’re creative, manipulative and best for overall Physical and cognitive development of the kid through appropriate sensory play and simple cognitive games!
This is a superb sensory activity which stimulates the kids and helps in development of their Fine motor skills. It’s super simple to create…Have a look for yourself! Feel free to customize as per the available resources. This helps toddlers to strengthen their small muscles which greatly enhances fine motor skills and problem solving skills.
Salt tray activity: Using a DIY salt tray is a fun way for toddlers to practice their pre-writing skills. Just fill a tray with Salt(or any other crumbled safe powder) and give child an ear-bud. Now just wait and watch! You’ll be amazed at how creative your toddler can get. This activity engages the senses, and is an exciting way for kids to learn how to write letters, numbers and spell their name.
Squeezing is one of the best fine motor activities for toddlers. It helps in strengthen the small muscles and also add a sensory stimulation to the toddler. It’s an hands-on activity for toddlers to practice everyday. Illustrate to your toddler how to squeeze the sponge to release the water.Take two bowls/containers and ask the toddler to soak water from one and squeeze the sponge in the other. Practice filling a small bucket or bowl. Then pour the water out of the container.
These two toys are great ways to build a toddlers fine motor skills. Give both at the same time and ask the kid to insert the legos in the play-dough. It’s a creative way to combine two toys and be more explorative.
Tape your toddlers favorite toys to a table and ask the kid to untape and get the toy. It’s super-exciting for them and also a great exercise for their tiny finger muscles.
Broken crayons: Using broken crayons is a magical way to improve toddlers grasp. It’s normal for kids to change grasp patterns as they grow from a baby to a toddler to a child, but it’s important that they develop an efficient grasp. Hence, using broken crayons helps a child to develop the right grasp. This is probably one of the best no-prep fine motor activities!
Pinching Cloth-pins is a fool proof way to develop the fine motor skills of your toddler. It helps in strengthening the small muscles of the kid.
Give your toddler a squeeze ball and let him play with it his own way. Squeezing the ball enhances his fine motor skills and make the proccess fun too!(Refer Below video for details)
Inserting of any sort makes the toddlers use their finger strength. This activity also helps in hand-eye coordination.(Refer the below video for details)
Using Scissors for cutting play dough: Using scissors is a brilliant way to help kids develop multiple skills .Toddlers love to play with play dough and hence combining play dough with scissors works out as a great therapy for their small fingers. Cut paste activities are a awesome way to teach them a whole lots of skill sets.
It’s a great way of fine motor and sensory play. Let the kids get messy and get their creativity out….
Puzzles are an integral part of a child’s growth. It’s a great cognitive activity to boost the problem solving ability of the child and while fixing the pieces it also helps kids to enhance their fine motor skills. Puzzles are definitely a great tool to help kid acquire multiple skills
Let’s see these super awesome fine motor skills activities in this video:
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