Fine motor skills are the ability to control small, precise movements with the fingers, wrists, and hands. These skills are important for the daily activities of life. They also play a very important role in school activities. A child’s writing skills depend on her fine motor skills. There are many activities you can do to improve your child’s fine motor skills.

It is not a good idea to have a child practice handwriting until we expose him to writing some straight and curved lines etc.

There are many activities that you can expose your children to: many activities are fun and also help develop fine motor skills… There are basically three types of activities that will help develop your child’s fine motor skills:

Grasping – example: using pencils, crayons, brushes, etc.

Manipulate – example: scissors, knead, chop, etc.

Hand-eye coordination – example: writing, cutting, threading, etc.

Here are some activities that can improve your child’s fine motor skills:

playing with plasticine

Using scissors to cut lots and lots of paper. Make sure children do not use the adult scissors but the safety scissors.

Pick up beads or other small objects with tweezers.

To paint with the fingers

Stack objects: cards, coins, blocks, etc.

Connect the dots puzzles

draw and doodle

beading activities

doing puzzles

Any activity that isolates finger activity, for example, playing the piano or writing

Knead dough, mix cake batter – ask them to help you cook…

The best age to teach your children good handwriting skills is between the ages of 3 and 10. Practicing handwriting can often be difficult and boring for the child. Take it easy and do it the right way. Have them practice fine motor skills first, then move on to alphabets. Also make sure your pencil grip is correct.

Good posture is important and plays a key role in writing skills. Poor posture creates stress on young spines. Here are some tips for achieving the perfect posture for your child:

Make sure your child has their own writing table and chair (height should be adjusted for the child’s height).

Feet should be flat on the ground or on a footrest.

The child’s back should be supported by a chair. The child’s buttocks should fit into the back pocket of his seat.

The head should be balanced on the shoulders; it should not lean sideways or lean forward.

It is not good to have too much tension in the shoulders (bending too much sideways to write)

A general advice when you are walking is:

A low chin means your neck muscles are bearing weight and tension will flow down your neck and back. So now hunched over…
Here are some tips for correct posture when your child is working on the computer:

The computer monitor should be at the child’s eye level. Otherwise, they will force her neck. Above eye level is not good at all.

The keyboard and mouse should be slightly lower than a desk so that the shoulders can be relaxed.

Fine Motor Skills for Preschoolers and Good Posture

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