Children develop at their own pace. But there are certain things you can do to ensure they receive the best possible opportunities to refine their skills and talents. In the beginning, a lot of kids have difficulty mastering motor skills and they will have trouble grasping certain items or doing activities that require concentration. There are many fun activities and toys that are available in the market for you to give your child that extra boost.
Sensory toys such as play-dough and putty are great for children to learn textures and use their hands in fine skills. You can join your child in stretching and pinching the putty to make animals, trees and everyday items that you see. There are many tools that you can use with play-dough. You can use plastic knives, scissors etc. to modify the original texture of the play-dough. Using small tools to facilitate playing with putty will increase your child’s skill at interacting with other fine motor skills toys. The experience they gain from this can be related to playing with dough or vegetables in the kitchen as well. You can create a beautiful evening making mini pizzas or buns with the kids by getting them to mould the bread dough.
The creativity of a child will come out through painting and building items from clay. You can ensure that their hand eye coordination is practised well by engaging them in sketching or painting. Don’t be afraid to let them get messy as they like. This can further boost their freedom and creativity. They will learn fine motor skills by practising how to hold a paint brush, chalk or colour pencil. You can include paints that have a sensory element to them such as smell or texture. You can use sponges when painting as well. Let them paint with unconventional materials such as sponges, cut up vegetables and even their hands to give them a diversity of experience. There are many toys that are developed with the aim of improving fine motor skills such as toys that help them grasp items by the use of a narrow tweezer like tool.
Playing with water is also a fun way for them to learn. You can fill a bowl and let them use a sponge to transfer water from the bowl into another container. It is a simple activity by learning to squeeze the sponge and transfer the water will help them develop strength in their hands. You can also give them an eye dropper or other small containers to play with the water so that they get used to different procedures their hands can do. The more experiences they are exposed to, they will develop a well-rounded knowledge of skills. You can incorporate the painting with water as well by colouring the water. They can learn what happens when different colours mix in the water and whether the same can be replicated or not when they mix paint on paper. You can widen their knowledge about colour and the different nuances in colour through this experiment.