Developing Fine Motor Skills

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Sometimes as grown-ups it is easy to forget how hard our children have to work to master everyday things that we take for granted. One of the big milestones for young children that is easy to overlook is the importance of developing their fine motor skills. My oldest daughter mastered them without giving it a second thought, but when I noticed that my youngest was avoiding writing because it was more difficult for her, I realized that it was time to put together some fun hand-strengthening activities.

The good news is that it does not take much to put together an engaging and useful experience for your child. I started with a pair of small tongs, some small seashells and two bowls. Simply transferring the shells from one bowl into the other is great for developing the pincer grasp, which leads to the proper pencil grip. My daughter loved the experience and spent quite a while carefully transferring each tiny shell from one bowl to the other and back again.

More great ideas…
PreKinders: Fine Motor Skills
The Write Start: 10 Minutes and Precious Jewels
Miss G’s Aussie Kindergarten: Fine Motor Lessons
Montessori World: Practical Life Activities



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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