Fine motor is the use and co-ordination of smaller muscle groups such as the hands, fingers, nerves and bones. School requires good use of fine motor skills, which include things like cutting, sticking, hand writing, puzzles. Fine motor development is also important for a child’s self-care, such as dressing, tying shoe laces and using a knife and fork.
Any difficulties with fine-motor skills may reduce a child’s learning potential, frustrations are higher because they are unable to match their peers and this not only affects emotional development, but also social development, and self-esteem.
Some ideas to strengthen fine motor skills may include threading shoelaces, dot to dot activities, molding clay and even threading noodles! Try them with your kids!
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