Training fine motor skills
07/11/2013 § Leave a comment
Am named this raccoon Momo.
Found this gem at Art friend and bought it for Am, to train her fine motor skills.
Apart from giving her instructions on where to stick the foam pieces, most of the activity was done by herself, which includes peeling the stickers off the foam surfaces.
And that probably explains why the raccoon is looking the way it is. LOL.
Extracted this info from http://www.examiner.com/
“Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. It develops as the neurological system matures. The level of development of fine motor control in children is used to determine the developmental age of the child. Fine motor control requires awareness and planning to complete a task. It also requires muscle strength, coordination and normal sensation. Tasks such as stacking blocks, cutting out shapes with scissors, drawing lines or circles, tearing paper, buttoning a button, and holding and writing with a pencil can occur only if the nervous system matures properly.
Your child’s fine motor development is a very important part of their physical skill set. He/she needs to learn to use their hands competently in order to manipulate toys and to acquire self-help skills such as feeding and dressing. Play is a child’s “work” and it is a very important part of their physical development. Babies and young children need to have ample opportunity to play. By the age of 6 years, a child’s fine motor skills have developed sufficiently enough to complete writing, dressing, and feeding tasks adequately for the average child. They will now have enough bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, and dexterity to complete cutting and writing tasks. Children will continue to develop and improve these skills, but the groundwork needs to be developed and established within the first six years. This is why a child will need toys, games, and activities to perform and improve these skills during his early childhood. Fine motor skills are important in most school activities as well as in life in general. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to eat, write legibly, use a computer, turn pages in a book, and perform personal care tasks such as dressing and grooming.
However, there are several foundations that must be developed before your child will acquire those skills. These building blocks include stability, sensation, and as mentioned previously, bilateral coordination.
• Stability is the strength and balance control to keep one part of the body still while another part moves.
• Sensation is being aware of where your hands, arms, and fingers are, and how they are moving.
• Bilateral coordination is the efficient use of both hands during activities. One hand will manipulate while the other is the ‘helping hand.’ Bilateral coordination development will lead to hand dominance (right- or left-handed).
Once the building blocks are established, your child develops dexterity, meaning that he or she will use small, accurate, and precise movements to open containers, pick up tiny objects, stack blocks, and many other skills that we all take for granted.
Properly developed fine motor skills are important to everyday living. Building fine motor skills in children can be fun for both the child and the attending adult. Play dough, silly putty, tearing paper, beading, dressing dolls, painting, and any other thing you can possibly think of to get those fingers moving.
Did you know that fine motor development contributes to the development of communication skills in young children? It affects their ability to write a name or message, manipulate a computer mouse, create a sculpture or draw a picture; all of which are forms of communication. Structured learning experiences such as developmental play and learning centers are opportunities for teachers to provide a range of activities, which will help develop the fine motor skills of children. These will often include materials such as Lego, play dough, pegboards, clothing, sorting materials, construction toys, bottles and lids, paper, pens, paints and any other media utilizing the fingers, including computer-based technology. If you do not see opportunities available for your child to develop their fine motor skills you may want to consider seeking another childcare center. All good centers should be providing these opportunities for your child.”