How to Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles in the hands to grasp, hold and pinch. These skills are vital to carry out everyday tasks, as well as playing and learning. Developing these skills will improve the quality of the task outcome. And, it will also help them complete it quicker. 

We need fine motor skills for a number of things in life, including academic skills such as writing, drawing, colouring in and using scissors, playing with LEGO®, puzzles, or dressing up dolls. They’re also needed for self-care activities such as tying shoelaces, zipping up jackets, brushing the teeth and hair and using cutlery to eat.

Without the ability to complete the above tasks, a child’s self esteem can suffer and they can fall behind. Your child may have difficulties with their fine motor skills if you notice them not being interested in the skills listed above. Or, if you notice them waiting for parents to brush their teeth or dress them rather than trying themselves or preferring passive activities that don’t require fine motor skills, such as watching TV or using an iPad.

Helpful Tip

As soon as you become a parent, your focus shifts to taking care of your new bundle of joy. Each minute of your waking hours are consumed by taking care of them, playing with them and thinking about them. As difficult as it may be, self-care becomes especially important.

Try taking a quick five-minute meditation break here and there or going for a walk in nature. Why not listen to your favourite music, join a book club or see if somebody else can take your little one for a few hours? Then you could go shopping or catch up with friends.

Did You Know?

Immediately after your baby’s birth, you’ll probably still look around 20 weeks pregnant. It’ll be two weeks until your uterus is small enough to fit back into your pelvis, and six weeks before it is back to its pre-pregnancy size. It’s basically shrinking from the size of a watermelon to a pear.


 

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