Activities for Kids to Develop Fine Motor Skills

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There are many activities for kids to help develop fine motor skills to get their fingers, hands, and brain working together even if they don’t understand why they are doing the activity in the first place.

Naturally the grown-ups presenting and encouraging participation in the fine motor activity will benefit from understanding the reason for certain activities.  It can help to motivate them to be consistent.  It has been said that knowledge is power.  Isn’t it time to give power to the parents, teachers, and therapists looking for simple yet effective methods for communicating with each other about fine motor skills and activities to reinforce these skills?

Why is crossing the midline so significant?

Crossing the body’s midline is an important developmental skill needed for many everyday tasks such as writing, reaching towards your foot to put on a shoe and sock with both hands and hitting a ball with a bat.  It is a crucial skill for kids so they can develop hand dominance.  Having a dominant hand that is skilled is essential for performing fine motor skills such as handwriting.  If children write with both of their hands, each hand will not be given enough opportunities to practice and increase their skills.

Fine Motor ABC is a helpful resource that contains 26 activities designed to develop foundational as well as functional fine motor-skills. The book is based on the alphabet and uses sign language to encourage kinesthetic learning. Rhyming is used to support literacy development.  This book is available in both print and e-book format.  This book is available in both print and e-book format and is useful in the home, in the classroom, and in therapy.

To find out more about activities for kids to develop fine motor skills, read the original article here: Fine Motor Skills Activities: Fine Motor ABCs