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Mini Minds Mini Hands

Fine Motor Skills

Miss Sofia has had extensive experience within the early years sector for over 14 years. She was a class teacher at one of North West London’s most prestigious pre prep schools for 8 years before creating Mini Minds The Extra Learning Club in 2014.

Recently OjO asked Miss Sofia for her top 5 tips on how to improve your child’s fine motor skills at home. She has given us some excellent suggestions which we’ve shared below:

1. Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set

TOP TIP: Use two bowls in a deep tray. Fill one bowl half way with water and add some bubbles or a little food colouring (or both). Show your little ones how to use the pipette to transfer water from one bowl to the other. Make sure you use a spill mat for the floor area too! You can use the other tools to transfer cotton balls or pasta etc.

Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set

2. Playdough

TOP TIP: Show your child how to use a variety of tools including rolling pins, cutters etc. Manipulating the dough into different shapes and objects is a great way to build children’s fine motor skills and explore their creativity. Also making playdough at home is a great way to introduce measuring, mixing, creativity and kitchen fun!

3. Pick Me Up

TOP TIP: Fill a tray with lentils or sequins for your little one to pick up using their pincer grip (thumb and index finger). You could also make a collage using watered down PVA glue and allow your little one to get creative. Use brushes to spread the glue on card or paper and gently sprinkle their small items to create exciting pictures!

A-Z Lowercase Magnatab

TOP TIP: Encourage your child to hold the pen correctly and trace over each
letter, reciting the sound. Introduce initial sound activities. Play I Spy and point out things around the room beginning with the different alphabet sounds.

Pegs

TOP TIP: Using small plastic bowls or cups, show your child how to use the pincer grip to open and grip a peg onto the edge of the bowl. To extend this activity, as they grow older and learn to recognise numbers, place number stickers from 1-5 in 5 separate bowls. Encourage your child to count and match the pegs.

Preschool children learn to develop their fine motor skills for building, creative play, cutting, drawing and writing among other things. This strengthens their independence and self care as they grow up.

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