Fine motor skills — like stacking blocks or holding a crayon — involve concentration and small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements. To help strengthen your child's fine motor skills, you can:
- Encourage your child to draw and paint by pulling out big sheets of paper, crayons, washable pens, finger paints, or paint brushes. You can also use chunky sidewalk chalk outdoors or soap crayons in the tub.
- Provide your child with toys and materials that can be pushed, pulled, and stacked. Nesting toys, puzzles, and playdough are some examples.
- Encourage toddlers to use a spoon and fork when eating.
- Give your child play items that can be poured, scooped, and squeezed.
- Use small empty plastic containers as bath toys or run sand through their fingers at the park.
- Let your child turn the pages of a book while you read together.
- Let your toddler try dressing himself or help you with the process, such as looping large buttons through buttonholes.