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Fine motor skills are small muscle movements of the fingers in coordination with the eyes. We need to develop the strength and dexterity of these small muscles to enable your child to hold a pencil confidently, manipulate a computer or tablet or even play a musical instrument.
You can encourage your child to develop these skills through your everyday activities, such as, doing buttons and zips when getting dressed, setting the table and pouring juice.
Fine motor skills can also be developed through play. Here are some suggestions for learning through play at home:
Playdough is great for developing fine motor skills. You can roll, smooth, pat, pound and squeeze. Tools like lollysticks, stamps, rolling pins, extruders and cutters.
Threading and lacing
Threading is a good way to develop hand-eye coordination.
Why not thread buttons, beads or even penne pasta onto pipe cleaners, string, shoe laces, dried spaghetti, ribbon, wool. Can you make a repeating pattern?
If you don't have any beads you could make salt dough beads (just make sure that you make a large hole in them before cooking) or you could make different animals/numbers/letters/something decorative for the house: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Salt-Dough-Recipe.html
Use wool, string, ribbon or string which you have painted/coloured yourself to wind around a shape/letter/number outline.
Colander threading - thread pipe cleaners, wool, etc. into an upturned colander.
To practise a tripod (3-finger) grip for writing, pegs are great.
Could your child help you peg the washing out?
Or they could use these in their play ‘washing’ and pegging out doll clothes (or even their own socks!).
Recognise and Order Numbers
Caterpillar Ordering: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering
Helicopter Rescue: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue
Coconut Ordering: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/coconut-ordering
Counting and matching numerals
Up to 3 objects - Space Explorers: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/space-explorers-number-representation-sorting-game-tg2-m-87/42746
Up to 10 objects - Bon Go Go Go: https://www.educationcity.com/resources/bon-go-go-go-free-activity-ages-4-5/
Up to 10 objects - Too Many Frogs: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/tg-ga-31-too-many-frogs-counting-up-to-10-game/42746
Gingerbread Man: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/gingerbread-man-game
Up to 15 objects - Teddy Numbers: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers
Up to 20 objects -Polar Bear Pairs: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/tg-ga-82-polar-pairs-numbers-up-to-20-game/42746
More or Less
More and less comparing two quantities: https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/bugs/