October 23, 2019

Improving Fine Motor Skills in Your Preschooler

Kids HandsAs your preschooler is growing and adapting, you may notice a burgeoning interest in fine motor skill activities. At this age, kids enjoy experimenting with crayons and markers, and they are also learning independence. By providing a steady stream of activities designed to help improve these skills, you can give your child an edge as kindergarten draws closer. Make sure to take note of which activities your child is especially drawn to, and if your child isn’t showing interest in a particular activity, don’t force the matter.


Puzzles

Puzzles are a good choice for preschoolers. Look for heavy cardboard with large pieces or wooden puzzles. Help your child put the puzzles together until she gets the idea, and then encourage her to do it on her own. It’s okay if kids do the same puzzle over and over. Repetition is one of the most important ways that kids learn.

Play Dough

Not only is play dough fun to create with, the act of kneading it and pushing into different shapes helps strengthen your child’s hands, so that he will be more successful with other fine motor activities. In addition to helping build motor skills, play dough can also be used to teach your preschooler about colors and abstract imagery.


Chalkboard easels

Drawing on an upright easel with chunks of sidewalk chalk is a fun activity for kids that helps them develop their grip, as well as their imagination. The size and shape of sidewalk chalk is perfect for little hands and gives them a level of control they might not find with crayons.


Scissors

Older preschoolers can begin cutting paper with safety scissors. Show your child how to properly hold the scissors and always supervise. Give your child plenty of sturdy construction paper to cut up. A fun addition to this activity is to let them use glue sticks to attach the pieces that they cut together. You might be amazed at how creative your child can be.


Tracing Activities

As your child’s hands get stronger and you notice a more distinct finesse to his activities, you can begin providing more structure. Draw dashed lines with a pencil on a piece of paper and have your child trace the lines with a thick crayon or marker. As your child improves, add waves or zigzags to the lines for a bit of a challenge. This activity will prepare your preschooler for kindergarten and for learning to write letters.