Fine motor skills are those motor movements which are smaller and use the finer muscles in the hands and fingers. These skills are used to complete more precise movements. In order to use fine muscles in the fingers, the child must already have strength in the larger muscles of the body in order to support the smaller ones. If a child has poor trunk and/or shoulder stability than he or she is likely to encounter difficulty during fine motor tasks.
At Home Activities:
- Stringing Cheerios (or other loop type food) onto uncooked spaghetti
- Using clothespins
- Play Doh, Clay, etc .
- Pulling/pinching small objects out of play doh, putty, clay etc.
- Using stickers
- Art/science activities involving the use of eye droppers
- Putting coins in a piggy bank
- Fastening buttons, zippers, snaps
- Punching holes in paper using a single hole punch
- Spinning tops
- Pushing beads, pom poms, or other small objects through a small hole
- Games such as Kerplunk or Honey Bee Tree
- Building with marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti
- Cutting with scissors
- Stringing/lacing pipe cleaners through a strainer
- Attaching nuts and bolts
- Squirting with spray bottles or squirt guns
- Tearing paper
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