Building up little hand muscles lays the foundation for so many other skills your little one will need like writing some day. Here are 7 Ways To Build Toddlers Fine Motor Skills that we have used with our own children with great success. Include intentional activities everyday to make it fun and give them what they need for future success.
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Play is a natural part of every toddlers day and all activities can be introduced as part of of it. Here are some activities that not only build up fine motor skills but things like hand eye coordination and are just fun for them!
Play dough- Squeezing, pulling, rolling, pinching, shaping- while it is fun that is not all this activity does for your child. Playing with play dough builds and strengthens small muscles in the hand. Whether you purchase it at the store or make your own at home this definitely deserves a place in your teaching materials.
Simple Puzzles- The skills it takes to grasp puzzle pieces and twist, turn, and fit them into place give your child's hands a workout. 4,6, and 8 piece puzzles are a great starting point.
Beading- Lacing beads are not only fun for toddlers but provide them with an opportunity to practice grasping and threading which works on building small muscles, as well as hand eye coordination, and gives them a sense of accomplishment when they are able to do it.
Sorting- As much as children love to mix things up they also love to sort it out. Objects like pompoms can be moved from the table to a cup using pinchers or a spoon. Grasping, pinching, holding can all be done with hands to strengthen.
Building- Simple wooden blocks or more complex blocks like Duplo build not only fine motor but also creative play, hand eye coordination, and they can also be used for counting, color identification, and more. These can be left out during the day and children are naturally drawn to them.
Dressing- Buttons and zippers are fantastic practice and also teach a real world skill. Encourage your tot to attempt dressing or undressing themselves, give help before they become too frustrated. A learn to dress toy is also a great way to practice these skills.
Cutting- Purchase a pair or two of safety scissors provide your toddler with paper like construction paper, strips of newspaper, or old magazines, then teach them how to hold scissors properly and make cuts. Even at this age you can and should begin teaching them to safely hold and carry a pair of scissors.
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