When a certain amount of body stability has developed, the hands and fingers begin to work on movements of dexterity and isolation as well as different kinds of grasps. Children will develop fine motor skills best when they work on a VERTICAL or near vertical surface as much as possible. In particular, the wrist must be in extension. (Bent back in the direction of the hand).
Scissor Cutting Skills: This article explains the importance of scissor cutting and also the basics of teaching a child how to cut with scissors.
Scissor Cutting Activities gives ideas to help your child practice cutting with scissors.
· Kindergarten Hand Exercises are suitable for younger children.
· Toddler Fine Motor Ideas - an article written by Mama OT with lots of lovely activities for little ones.
· Activities for Older Kids - how to get older kids to work on fine motor skills!
· Wrist Exercises for Kids may help children who tend to hook their wrists, or lift their wrists off the table when drawing or writing.
· Tactile Perception Activities can improve fine motor skills by helping little hands have a better sense of what they are holding and how firmly to hold it.
· Shoulder Exercises especially designed for kids can strengthen the larger muscles of the shoulder so the smaller hand muscles can work more effectively