What are 'Fine Motor Skills' and how can you help your child develop these essential early learning skills?

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You may have heard of the importance of fine motor skills in early years development? The Creation Station classes provide lots of ways to develop your child's early learning skills, but what exactly are ' Fine Motor Skills' and what can you do to develop them?  Here's the answer from our Creation Station Harrogate franchise leader Sharon Fisher. Plus, Sharon provides ten easy activities for you to do at home to help your children to help develop some fantastic fine motor skills.

Fine motor skills, or also referred to as 'dexterity', are the coordination of small muscles to create movement. This usually involves co-ordinating hands and fingers using our eyes. The brain and nervous system manage these processes and so it is important that we practice, and train our brain to help our small movements work the way we want them to.

Every day you will find that you use your fine motor skills without even realising. For example when tying your shoe laces, writing a shopping list, using a keyboard and brushing your teeth.

However, having the ability to do these things is not always easy and we learn them at different ages and stages of development. The earlier your child 'grasps' and develops their fine motor skills, the more independent they will be. This is great for their self esteem and development and can also be a life saver when you are trying to get more than one child dressed before the school run deadline!

Fine motor skills help us to write, use scissors, dress ourselves, use a computer, eat and even go to the toilet. So, they are pretty important, agreed?

But what can we do to help?

Here is a list of ten easy activities that you can do at home:

  1. Play Doh; this versatile material can be squashed, squeezed, pulled and rolled to help build the muscles in the hands. Add in small parts such as googly eyes, matchsticks and buttons to extend the fun.
  2. Threading; pasta threaded onto a length of string, pipe cleaners poked into the holes of a colander, cheerios threaded onto pipe cleaners and beads on to spaghetti.
  3. Construction; set their imaginations free building with Duplo, lego, wooden blocks, balls with tape sticky side out and velcro hair rollers
  4. Posting and Sorting; Shape sorters, dropping pompoms into bottles, silk scarves in a tissue box and straws into a bottle.
  5. Cutting; loop scissors are fantastic for snipping straws, cutting Play-Doh and jelly.  Cut pretend velcro food with a plastic knife and cut up leaves.
  6. Tweezers; use jumbo tweezers to pick up items like pompoms, rice, cooked spaghetti, mashed potato, playdough or feathers.
  7. Tearing and Ripping; tissue paper for art projects, pictures or pages out of old magazines and sugar paper.
  8. Hammering; golf tees into playdough, matchsticks into foam or cereal in a box.
  9. Squeezing; use pipettes or basters in water, pegging washing out, squeezing orange juice, sponges in the bath, tactile balloons filled with rice or spray bottles for cleaning.
  10. Mark Making; paint with brushes and rollers, draw, colour in, trace or write in sand or gloop, chalk outside, trace or using cotton buds in water on a blackboard.

The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy watching your child learn new skills and their confidence grow!

For more information on how we can help, find your local Creation Station leader and local classes, parties and events at

Sharon Fisher

This awesome blog was written by the lovely Sharon Fisher at The Creation Station Harrogate

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Nat has been brilliant

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