Do you know what fine motor skills are? Do you know how to support your child? Do you know gross motor skills play a big part in your child being able to write as they grow?
Fine motor skills are the smaller muscle movements that we use in our hands; your fingers, palms of your hand and wrists. While your child is at Little Hands we will set a range of activities to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills. These could be; dough gym, threading, doing insert puzzles, mark making and much more. You could support your child at home by doing these activities and sending in some home observations.
Fine motor skills prepare a child’s hands to literally hold a pencil/pen or paint brush and find this comfortable. Activities and exploration which encourage fine motor movement can be so much fun and prepare your child to explore the world through mark making and share their thoughts and creativity.
Gross motor skills are the larger muscles which your children use involving arm muscles, leg muscles, tummy muscles and anything which your child uses to make larger movements. You could support your child by getting them to climb, walk up and down the stairs, creating an obstacle course where your child can climb, walk, run and crawl through the course.
Gross motor skills pay a very important part in helping your child later in life to be able to write their name or read a story. This is because research has shown that if your child missed a milestone when they were younger such as crawling and your child walked before they crawled they could find it difficult to write or read, when they were older. Crawling and gross motor movement develops muscles in our trunk (stomach and back) and gives us the stamina to sit up straight for longer periods. This is essential for writing comfortably and can be less advanced in those children who did not crawl.
This is the same if a child walked before standing by themselves. This could have an impact on the child’s ability to write their name or read a story when they got older. So medical professionals would recommend the child doing some balancing activity such as standing on one leg for 10 seconds then swapping to the other leg for 10 seconds. This strengthened the child’s gross motor skills so they were able to write their name and read stories as they got older with more ease.
This doesn’t mean however that every child who skips a milestone in their younger stages of development will struggle to read or write when they get older. I’ve attached a link below of some further information for you to read on if you’re interested.