Fine motor skills = manual ability

It is wrong to think that fine motor exercises are only done by those who have a developmental problem. Fine motor skills are worked naturally by all children while they play, the degree of work will depend on the game they play, but they will always be working when the game involves moving the hands, fingers and visual-manual coordination (directing the hand where the eye wants).

However, although this is a natural development of the children, it is important that the father is concerned about seeing how his ability evolves and provides him with material and games so that he can develop it as well as possible.

A correct development of this ability will allow the child, among other things, to learn to write correctly at school, since his hands will be agile enough to make all the twists and strokes that writing implies. In addition, they will have strength to grip the pencil and the ability to position their fingers in the correct way. Nowadays, worrying about this is increasingly important, because with the advances in technology our children stop writing on paper much earlier, and this does not mean that handwriting is no longer relevant because forgetting about it in childhood means forgetting to work on calligraphy and spelling in general.

Benefits of handwriting for our children.

Work specifically your fine motor skills to play with them:

  • First months :
    • Open and close their hands. Give them your fingers to grasp and squeeze.
    • Approach dolls and toys with sound so that they try to catch them.
    • Put their hands together so that they clap, we do it so that they imitate us.
  • From six months:
  • From the year:
  • Later:
    • Draw with finger paint or make shapes on wet sand.
    • Put clothes on the dolls, move their arms and let them say hello.
    • Move the excavator blades up and down, drive a buggy with control along a line on the ground etc.
    • Tear paper with greater control, the objective is to increase the difficulty over time, for this we will tell you to hold the sheet with only two fingers, to cut smaller s, etc. To take advantage of the role we can also ask him to make balls and throw them or place them in a row, etc.
    • Encourage him to do the buttoning and unbuttoning

To give you an idea of ​​the evolution of these exercises in your children, here is a blog from a school in Pontevedra where they show us fine motor skills in class (4 years approx):

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