Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles in the hands. Developing these skills is crucial because these muscles are used for everyday tasks you probably don’t even stop and think of.
Dressing, eating and keeping up with personal hygiene are all easy tasks, thanks to your fine motor skills. They are essential for performing everyday tasks, and a child’s self-esteem can suffer if they lack the ability to do so.
We all know that the best way to learn is through play, and there are plenty of toys out there that can help your child develop their fine motor skills. Let’s look at a few.
Little dinosaur lovers will LOVE visiting the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo. Young children will build fine motor skills through building and rebuilding the baby dinosaur enclosure. Buy it here.
2. First Learning Wooden Puzzle
Ideal for young children learning to recognise shapes, colours and animals. Through fun shapes and bright colours, your little one will learn to match each puzzle piece to its designated spot. Buy it here.
3. Make It Real Block & Rock Charm Bracelets
Make beautiful bracelets using this kit’s pretty charms, colourful beads and alphabet beads. Your child will develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they create pretty jewellery to their heart’s content. Buy it here.
4. Barbie Fashionistas
Each Barbie Fashionistas doll has her own look and style, inspired by the latest trends. Dressing the doll will help your child with their fine motor skills. Buy it here.
5. Toot-toot Drivers Racing Rampway
Rearrange the tracks to create a dual raceway, stunt track or super raceway. Race your cars through exciting courses with cars designed for little hands. Buy it here.
6. Tooky Toy 50Pcs
A classic and playroom staple, you can never go wrong with building blocks. This mixture of brightly coloured blocks can be built into anything you can imagine – a house, a castle, a city? It’s all up to you. Buy it here.
7. Play-Doh Letters and Language
Learn all the letters of the alphabet by moulding them with Play-Doh. Included in the set are 26 letter stampers, two double-sided play mats, six tubs of Play-Doh and sculpting tools to introduce your child to the exciting world of reading. Buy it here.
8. Pip & Squeak’s Cheese Stack Game
Stack, flip and build with these uniquely-shaped wooden cheese wedges in three fun games. Rippled pieces make them easy to grip, ready for stacking. Comes with two wooden mice, 22 wooden cheese wedges and rules for three games. Buy it here.
9. Tooky Toy 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre
This 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre will provide endless entertainment for your child, including an abacus for counting, labyrinth and maze and much more. Buy it here.
10. Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks
These chunky, colourful blocks introduce colours and shapes to your little one. Stack and drop the blocks through the slots in the bucket lid, and carry the bucket for more fun again and again. Buy it here.