Fine, Fine Motor Skills in Preschool (page 2)
Are your child’s pinky, pointer, ring man, tall man and thumbkin in line with other preschoolers? Find out what hand and finger skills your child should have and why it’s so important for development.
What You Need To Know
In order for preschoolers to write they need to improve their fine motor skills, and small muscles in the hand make it happen. Here’s some of what is typical in terms of hand and finger skill development for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old.
- Makes up-and-down, side-to-side, and circular lines with pencil or crayon .
- Turns book pages one at a time .
- Builds a tower of more than six blocks.
- Holds a pencil in writing position.
- Screws and unscrews jar lids.
- Draws a person with two to four body parts.
- Uses scissors.
- Draws circles and squares.
- Begins to copy some capital letters.
- Copies triangle and other shapes.
- Draws person with body.
- Prints some letters.
- Dresses and undresses without help.
- Uses fork, spoon, and (sometimes) a table knife.
- Usually cares for own toilet needs.
How You Can Help
If your child needs help boosting their hand and finger strength there are ways to help. Here are some manipulation activities you can do at home.
- Manipulating playdough: rolling it into small balls or making long rolls. Here’s a recipe for playdough. (http://www.easy-kids-recipes.com/play-dough-recipes.html)
- Tearing paper into fne strips – use them for collage.
- Scrunching up whole pieces of newspaper in one hand at a time.
- Threading beads or macaroni onto string.
- Cutting with scissors, using the correct grip.
- Finger painting.
- Picking up small objects with fingers, like beans, or rice grains.
Building finger and hand strength can be fun and will make life easier in school when writing is part of the daily script.
For more on this topic, see the complete article:
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