When I was a child there were certain fine motor activities for kids that were considered good to develop fine motor coordination.Using your pencil to circle many items in workbooks, or doing mazes or other kinds of pencil work were the activities that were done with kids. As the years progressed and people started realizing that that there lots better ways to give kids fine motor activities that are actually fun for the children.
I have a webiste called www.eduart4kids.com that is full of creative art ideas and fne motor activities for kids but, I will share two of them here for you. The first one is sewing. I am not talking about the kind of sewing that is done with a sewing machine like a hello kitty sewing machine but, hand sewing that is easy, simple and fun for kids. This kind of sewing happens to be an activity that boys like as well as girls, depending on the age of course.
This kind of sewing is with pieces of burlap that has large holes in it. You give the children large, blunt embroidery needles, thick yarn and allow them to sew up one line after another. An adult has to be there to make sure that the needle is threaded and that you tie the knot on the yarn when you finish sewing aline. The children don’t even have to “make anything”. They can use their sewings as a wall hanging or they can decide what to make out of it once their sewing is finished. They can make purses, pocketbooks or small backpacks.
The second great activity for developing fine motor activity for kids is playing with clay. The reason this is considered good for developing this skill is because children are using their finger to pinch and squeeze the clay and this develops the muscles in the children’s fingers. They are also using their whole bodies to push against the clay that is on the table which helps them develop their gross motor skills as well as their fine motor skills. These two activities are such fun for the kids that they don’t even realize that they developing their muscles, they think they are just playing around. That is the best way to learn and grow, when you don’t know its happening, right? These two activities can help improve the fine motor activities for kids that are staying at a child day care or a home schooling center without causing boredom to the kids!