Fine motor and manipulative activities such as playing with playdough, clay, playing with little pegs and blocks, finger painting and using finger plays to songs like “This little piggy” help develop and strengthen finger muscles and the children learn to control their finger movement. This is a necessary skill for writing and drawing. Here are some ideas for encouraging children to develop their fine motor skills...
• Working with playdough
• Constructing with Leggo
• Stringing beads/cotton reels/plastic animals
• Doing puzzles
• Peg boards
• Massaging the hands and feet of young babies
• Allowing children to explore different textures with fingers and toes
• Picking up objects with tongs or tweezers
• Using eye droppers to ‘pick up’ coloured water
• Draw in a tactile medium (wet sand, rice, goop)
• Picking out small objects (pegs, beads) from a tray of sand
• Floating lightweight objects in water and picking them up with tongs, put them into a bucket on the ground
• Clipping pegs onto the side of an ice cream container, then pulling them off
• Pass an inflated but untied balloon around children sitting in a circle
• Practice using a zip