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Fine Motor Development Activities for Young Children

Jun 25, 2010 | By Kelly Boyer

Teachers (and parents) play a crucial role in enhancing the development of fine motor skills in young preschool children.

Child tying knots in stringFine motor development is defined as the building of the small muscles located in the fingers (index, middle, and thumb) and wrists. Without the correct development of these skills, children can find everyday tasks to be difficult resulting in frustration and low self-esteem.

Preschool teachers build the foundation required to help children become proficient in these areas, which are needed for proper growth. It is important for teachers to create activities that captivate children’s interest and keep them engaged in learning. This article is to help teachers discover fun ways to enhance fine motor development.

Activities for Young Preschool Children

When beginning, children need to start with simpler fine motor activities. The goal with the simpler tasks is to build strength in the fingers and wrists while developing eye coordination. Teachers can help strengthen these muscles through various activities.

Young child using chopsticks at lunch

Tying knots in string is a great fine motor activity for younger preschool children. The repetitive motion helps prevent fatigue in the fingers and wrists, which will aid in more difficult activities. Teachers can tape the string to either the wall or table depending on level of development. Those children whose muscles become quickly fatigued should have the string taped to the table. The table can be used as a support system for tired hands. As children’s fine motor skills become more controlled, teachers can also teach children how to braid the string.

Another activity that can strengthen the muscles used for fine motor skills is the use of clothespins. The resistance and repetitive motion caused by the opening and closing, helps build stamina that will reduce fatigue. Teachers should set out objects on the table that can be picked up while using the clothespins. Some great examples of these objects are:

About the author:
Kelly Boyer
 is a freelance writer and former teacher, with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and an emphasis in Early Childhood Development. She has extensive experience in the educational field, where some of her specialties include helping needy families, working with children who have behavioral problems, and community outreach.
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