Improving Fine Motor Skills at Home
Fine motor skills are important for everyone to function efficiently – from picking up a cup, typing on the keyboard, to driving a car. Developing a child’s fine motor skills helps them to participate in everyday activities more independently and confidently, and they can have a lot of fun along the way!
Whilst at home during this uncertain period, your child may not be writing or participating in activities that promote their fine motor skills as much as they usually would at school. However, at Qualia we see this as an opportunity to embrace your child’s uniqueness, and tailor fine motor activities to their interests and abilities. Try some of these suggestions and strategies to improve your child’s fine motor skills:
Origami is great activity! Not only is it fun, but it promotes fine motor control, strengthening, bilateral coordination and many other benefits. Whether your child is into Pokemon, animals, games or trying something new, there’s many options to choose from. Here are some examples that we love to use at Qualia:
This everyday object is one of the most simple and useful tools lying around the house. Your child can practice their pincer grasp, strengthening their fingers and pinching action, necessary for activities such as buttoning, opening food packets and more. Build a peg tower together with your child, have a race to pick up as many cotton balls or scrunched up newspaper balls, or even just ask them to help you put the washing out!
Another great activity to do with objects around the home. Help your child improve their hand-eye coordination whilst also improving bilateral coordination. All you need is thread and some beads – if you’re unable to find beads, penne pasta or other hollow pasta types can be just as good. Thread and make a necklace or bracelet, spray it with paint and you have an afternoon craft activity.
Definitely one of our favourites at Qualia, both for our clients and therapists. “Mr Yum” is the name of an open tennis ball, where your child can hold the tennis ball open with one hand, and feed him with the other hand. Another great way to promote whole hand strengthening, bilateral coordination and have fun along the way. See one of our other blogs for more info and be sure to join our competition on instagram and facebook!
We’d love to hear your feedback or tag us @qualiaot to show your child enjoying one or more of these activities!
Written by Mark Maddison