Building fine motor skills with your infant, toddler, or preschooler does not have to be complicated or require special equipment. There are many opportunities to develop these skills with items you already have around the house! Let’s explore some options!
1) Peeling oranges
Letting your little one take the time to peel their own orange is an excellent way to work those little fingers, promote independence as well as keep them busy for a few minutes! The skills used to grasp, pull, and peel the orange enhance not only fine motor skills but also problem-solving skills!
2) Pick up rice with tweezers
If your child is old enough to maneuver tweezers safely, this is a fun and engaging activity they’re sure to enjoy! Pour a small amount of rice into a bowl and have your child pick each grain up, one at a time and transfer to another container. Another fun variation of this is to have your child trace an image with the grains of rice (like a coloring page or letter cut out.)
(If your child isn’t ready for tweezers quite yet, a natural variation of this activity can be done with salad tongs and dry pasta!)
Threading provides an excellent opportunity for concentration and patience. Your child can help search for items they can thread onto yarn or string, some of our favorite ideas include cereal (cheerios or fruit loops,) beads, rubber bands, dry pasta, and buttons!
By making efforts to stretch children’s fine motor skills at a young age, we equip them for success in tasks such as holding a pencil or cutting with scissors, skills they will need for Kindergarten! At Valley Child Care and Learning Center, you’ll continually see opportunities to stretch these skills regularly presented in our infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms! Do you do anything special at home to work on your child’s fine motor skills? Tell us about it!
About Valley Child Care & Learning Center…
Established in 1967, Valley Child Care and Learning Center has continuously led the childcare, daycare, and preschool industry in Phoenix, Arizona. Our founder and Grandfather, Paul Emch, began with a simple mission to “provide tender loving care and education to each child.” Paul’s legacy lives on as we continue to uphold his original values and have grown to a well-established name in the Phoenix community. Today, we provide care for nearly 1,900 infants, toddlers, and preschool age children at a total of nine programs. Our convenient locations include North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Anthem, Surprise, El Mirage, Chandler, South Phoenix, and Tempe! At each of our program locations, you will find qualified staff eager to join us in ensuring children are receiving the highest quality care alongside a complete preschool experience. Upon graduation from our program, your child will be equipped to succeed in Kindergarten, and beyond!