Activities that Encourage Motor Skill Development
Motor skills are an essential part of early childhood development. Encouraging motor skill development helps with everything from writing and cutting to zippering and buttoning as well as catching a ball and even tying a shoe. Motor skill development can begin from a very young age. Here are a few examples of activities that are good for assisting in development of motor skills.Tell the readers what this page is about...
Toddlers love playing with shape sorters. A shape sorter has objects, usually something like a block, in various shapes. You will typically find circles, squares, triangles and stars. There are corresponding slots in the toy to insert the object. Shape sorters help toddlers develop their knowledge of the names of various shapes. In addition, the child must use their hands to manipulate the shape object in order to fit it into the correct slot. This develops both motor skills and hand/eye coordination. There are many shape sorter toys available such from as the Little Tikes Tool box.
Puzzles are another way to work on both eye/hand coordination and motor skills. Wood puzzles are great for toddlers. Children must control the pieces to get them into the correct location on the puzzle board. Melissa and Doug brand puzzles are very popular wood puzzles, and are very well made. As the child gets older you can have them move onto a standard puzzle.
Magnetic doodle boards can help children use their fingers to learn to hold properly the “pen” and they draw on the board. They can practice over and over again as they develop writing and drawing skills. The benefit for the parent is that there is no paper to be strewn around the house!
Toddlers are drawn to stickers. Many toddlers can be quite content with sitting down with a piece of paper and pressing a sticker onto the paper. The act of peeling the stickers from the paper backing is excellent for fine motor skill development. Foam stickers work well too. These are stickers pressed out from foam and the paper backing needs to be peeled off the sticker. With both types of stickers, children are really developing the muscle development in their fingers. Stickers can be purchased very cheaply at stores such as the Dollar Tree.
Play-Doh is highly recommended for motor skill development. Squish it, roll it, shape it – whatever your child does with it is beneficial. Kids can find endless things to do and make with Play-Doh all while strengthening the muscles in their hands.
Blocks have been a standard for many years. Children love building and stacking with blocks, whether they are the classic wooden blocks or the more modern Mega Blocks. Stacking and interconnecting blocks are yet another way for children to build their motor skills.
Preschool sew kits are another way to work on both eye/hand coordination as well as motor skill development. These kits typically contain a heavy duty board with holes around the perimeter and some type of cord with a plastic tip. There is no right or wrong way to sew them – the goal is to have the child hold the cord and be able to manipulate the cord in and out of the holes.
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