The development of Writing skills
As parents, you play a critical role in your child’s fine motor skill development. The most important thing you can do is to provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for your child. Developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care. .
Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. They help children perform important tasks like feeding themselves, grasping toys, buttoning and zipping clothes, writing, drawing, and more. The ability to complete self-care and every day tasks helps a child’s self esteem and confidence to increase.
It’s important to start working with children on building their fine motor skills early on. Fine motor skills will develop and improve as they move through childhood. It just takes the right kind of practice.
Some children may struggle with performing tasks that use their fine motor skills. This can cause them to become frustrated and upset when they can’t complete every day tasks. For example, a child may have a difficult time holding scissors and cutting along a dotted line. This could cause them to be frustrated at the task and avoid cutting exercises because they feel it’s too difficult.
We’ll show you some great activities to help build your child’s fine motor skills that are fun, engaging, and can help get children over the frustrated bump of giving up
Pencil control activities
You can use the sheets below to help children develop their pencil control in making patterns
Encourage them to go slow and follow the dots.
After this they can then draw their own patterns.
Christmas Jumper Day Friday 11th December 2020
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Try this simple activity - follow the lines of the tree .
Draw triangle shapes on paper. Draw lines going down equally spaced. Then get the children to follow patterns either with coloured pencils /felts or using small objects such as buttons, beads or beans.
If you number the spaces - as in the picture - children can also practice their counting out the correct number of objects in each section.
Please note this activity should be supervised by an adult due to the small parts and children MUST NOT put these in their mouths.
Using the story link below for Father "Christmas needs a wee", children can create their own wish list
Encourage the children to draw the picture and attempt to write the word. They may the beginning sound of the item, encourage them to write this too.