Little Hands, Big Ideas...

Friday, February 2, 2024
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At Holbeach Nursery we recognise and value the importance of developing fine motor skills. But what exactly are fine motor skills, and why do they hold such importance in the early years?

Fine motor skills involve the precise movements and coordination of the small muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists.

These skills are essential for a child's overall development and have a significant impact on their academic success, self-care tasks, and social interactions. When children develop their fine motor skills, they build the dexterity and control necessary to perform important tasks like holding a pencil, buttoning a shirt, or using utensils effectively.

What fun activities can you do at home to help develop your child's fine motor skills?

  • Green finger fun: Planting seeds in the coming spring months is a great way to learn about life cycles as well as develop fine motor ability. Children could sort a variety of seeds before you plant them, using tweezers and an empty egg box.
  • Cotton bud painting: Using cotton buds to paint and mark-make will help promote fine motor pinching and produces beautiful artwork.
  • Threading: Threading using string and penne pasta is a simple and effective activity which requires little to no preparation time at home. Going on a nature walk? You could thread leaves and other scavenged materials onto string to create a seasonal garland as a keepsake of your adventure.
  • Playdough: A simple and effective resource for encouraging pinching, squeezing, rolling, cutting and pinching.
  • Squirty bottles: Use a wide range of squirty bottles and containers to build up hand muscles. You could add paint to small squeezy bottles or small water pistols for squirty creativity with a fine motor twist (apologies in advance for the mess!)
  • Fun with food: Simple and easy ideas include snipping a bowl of cooked spaghetti with scissors, sorting rainbow spaghetti into its component colours (see links below for recipe), posting raw spaghetti through the holes of colanders, podding beans and peas and moving them into small pots