The first few years of your child’s life are arguably the most crucial because that is when they’re easy to mould. Toddlers are curious little humans – they want to touch, smell, see, and hear everything and have fun with it! Engaging the senses isn’t just a cute trait in babies – it is essential for development. This is why doctors advise parents to play with their babies as much as they can – it fosters the development of their brain and body, making them stronger.
Developing your child’s motor skills at an early age is important as these things help the child learn better, remember better, and consequently, have a brighter future.
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Why Is Motor Skill Development Important?
Motor development simply means using one’s body. For babies, motor skills are important as they help the overall development of the brain as well. While gross motor skills involve things like getting out of bed and walking, fine motor skills involve activities that are more nuanced – unbuttoning a shirt, holding a crayon, zipping up a pant, picking up an object and placing it on the ground. Your little one at this point can walk, but sharpening her ability to hold things and place them according to instructions is what will help her brain development.
Fine motor skills are important as they boost hand-eye coordination and cognitive development.
Fun Activities for Your Toddler to Develop Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills pave way for better body coordination, and hence, better functioning. There are several ways you can boost your toddler’s fine motor skills that will be fun for her and help the two of you bond.
Here we have 8 activities for you to do with your child to boost her development:
1. Guess How ‘Tall’ She Is
This one’s as entertaining as it is helpful!
- Take a few apples and put them on the floor.
- Sit down on the floor with your child and ask her to keep her legs straight.
- Ask her to place an apple next to her body, starting with her feet.
- Slowly, tell her to place one apple in line with the other, parallel to her body. Help her out with the apples when the line reaches her head. Put them close to her, but let her place them herself.
- When done, ask her to get up without touching the apples to see how many apples tall she is!
- You can do this activity using blocks or any other object that your child can easily lift.
This activity involves picking up and putting objects down, which will build dexterity.
This is a simple and fun activity that your child will enjoy doing.
You Will Need:
How to Do:
- Using the marker, draw an outline of an object.
- Put the paper in front of your child and make her colour the object using the crayons.
- Once done, show her the pom poms and ask her to stick them along the outline of the object. Help her with the glue, but allow her to place the pom poms herself.
This activity is great for cognitive development, as she will be carefully watching the outline as she sticks pom poms along it. It will help her develop hand-eye coordination. Colouring is an essential activity here – Camlin Child Grip Crayons are built in a way that allows the child to hold the crayon and glide it around with ease. Its easy grip helps build fine motor skills as she will be able to use it well! The different coloured pom poms will help with cognitive development too.
3. Play ‘Simon Says’
A lot of us have played this game as children, and it is as beneficial to the development of the child as it is fun!
- Make your child a ‘follower’, and name yourself ‘Simon’. Explain to your child that whoever is ‘Simon’ gets to order, and the ‘follower’ must obey that order.
- In this game, order your child to do small things such as touching her feet, holding her ears, or grabbing something in the house and giving it to you.
- For example, you could say, “Simon says, pick up the ball!” and your child will have to pick up the ball. You could go with any amount of variation with this – make sure you let her do things that involve her hands!
4. Play Catch
This is a simple one that will also give your child a good boost of energy! Take your child out in a garden or a playground and take a soft-textured ball with you. Make her stand slightly further from you and pass the ball to her. Allow her to go down and pick it up and throw it to you. You do the same. Picking up and holding the ball will get her accustomed to using her fingers and hands to get something done. Not to mention, her hand-eye coordination will also get some practice!
5. Wall Drawing
Yes, you read that right – encourage your child to draw on the walls of her room! Draw an outline of a small scenery – some clouds, the sun, a mountain or a tree. Then, encourage her to fill in these outlines with her favourite colours and let her imagination run wild! Just one rule – encourage her to colour within the lines. This will help her develop an understanding of shapes and depth.
We know what you’re thinking – how will you clean up the walls after your child is done with her little masterpiece? Well, you don’t have to worry about that any longer – Camlin’s Child Grip Crayons are washable on porous surfaces and can be cleaned in a jiffy. So, you don’t have to stop your child from getting creative all around the house. Let her imagination soar!
6. Ask Her to Make Something With Clay or Atta
This activity will come in handy when you’re busy in the kitchen! Just give her some of the dough you are using and ask her to turn it into a fun shape. If you have some time on your hands, ask her to watch what you are doing with the dough and imitate you. Make sure she presses, moulds and rolls the dough as much as she can with her fingers.
This activity promotes the use of fingers which builds dexterity. Using differently coloured clay is also a great idea as it helps with cognitive development.
7. Separate Coloured Objects
This is a great exercise you can do with your child at home that will boost her fine motor skills. Take a few objects of different colours and scatter them on the floor. Then, ask your child to separate them by colour. You could try this with coloured blocks, buttons, tiles, etc. Make sure to supervise her as she does the activity so that she does not accidentally put something in her mouth.
This colour separating activity is great in two ways – the picking up and dropping of objects is great for hand-eye coordination, and the colours make the child understand the concept of depth and distinguishing objects from each other.
8. Get Her a Colouring Book
This one’s great for busy, working parents. Sit down with your child and allow her to colour a page in a colouring book. Allow her to get as creative as she wants; just make sure to guide her with the edges and lines. Camlin’s Child Grip Crayons are an excellent option for your child – the shape of the crayons facilitates a good grip, which is beneficial for your child’s fine motor skills. The crayons are non-toxic and washable, which will allow your child to get as creative as she wants without making a mess. After all, creativity is best developed when it is unbound!
So, these were fun and engaging activities for your toddler that will not only boost her fine motor and cognitive skills but also strengthen your bond with your child. These activities are a great start for when your child grows older and learns words, sentences, mathematics problems, or even picks up a sport! Toddlers are easily moulded at this age; start now!