Struggling Writer? No Problem! 4 Games to Work on Fine Motor Skills
My daughter wrote her name beautifully long before the other kids in her preschool class. From the moment I placed a crayon in her hand, she fell in love with scribbling, drawing, and, eventually, writing. Like mother, like daughter.
My son, on the other hand, had little use for things like crayons and oversized markers. He scribbled, he drew some version of a circle at about an age appropriate time, and he painted constantly. But gripping a crayon, pencil, or marker was hard, so forming letters was difficult and sometimes painful. His hands hurt. His wrists hurt. Although he knew how to make the letters, his weak grip made getting the idea in his brain onto the paper difficult, and that caused some tears.
I looked to his preschool teacher for help. Although she wasn't concerned due to his age, she could see that he really wanted to get those ideas down on paper. Together, we worked to improve his fine motor skills so that writing wouldn't be such a frustrating process.
When children struggle with fine motor skills, they can have difficulty writing, drawing, turning the pages of a book, using a computer, and even getting dressed.
Fine motor skills involve the small muscles required for tasks such as writing, fastening buttons, zipping clothing, and grasping small objects. Fine motor skills require strength, dexterity, and control.
It can be very frustrating for kids, and this can result in tantrums, tears, and avoidance of tasks that require fine motor skills.
The good news is that there are tons of fun activities to do at home to help your child with fine motor skills, and most of these activities are fun for the whole family. Hint: When the whole family gets involved, it's much more fun to work on skills, and kids don't feel singled out for an area of weakness.
Try these 4 great activities: