WHY ARE FINE MOTOR SKILLS IMPORTANT? [CAIRNS]
Fine motor skills are the activities we do with our hands such as writing, using scissors, opening packets, tying shoelaces or using a knife and fork. Dexterity and complexity of fine motor skills continue to increase up until about 7 years of age.
Activities that help develop fine motor skills include playing with blocks, threading beads, play dough, self feeding, using scissors and lots of painting and access to drawing materials.
If you have noticed that your preschool or school-aged child doesn’t know what hand they prefer, is not able to hold a pencil properly, can’t draw basic shapes or is not attempting to write their name then it is a good idea to see an Occupational Therapist to get a few pointers on how to help your child develop fine motor skills in readiness for Prep. A lot of kids with poor fine motor skills avoid the activities they need to do to develop their skills so it’s very important to get advice before starting school.