Fine motor skills such as hand skills, what does this actually mean and what are some hand skills? These are regular questions that we get asked at The Practical Child.
What are hand skills ?
In addition to this, you need good eye hand co-ordination, motor planning, muscle strength and the ability to undertake different grasps and grips – the two hands need to be able to work together! So, it’s no wonder why people are asking what are some hand skills!
The different stages of hand skills development
In one of our articles, we also explore developing hand writing before your child can walk and how hand skills are important for this.
How to help your child develop hand skills
- Rattles – For babies, provide rattles that they can start to hold and shakers that they want to reach out for. Orange and yellow and black and white are great colours for babies to be interested in
- Shape sorters – amazing to encourage the hands and fingers to work.
- Inset puzzles with a peg to pick up the pieces – Children love these. Encourages precision, eye hand co-ordination and the pincer/tripod grip
- Building bricks – I love them and so do children. They love to build towers and its great for noticing how your child is developing. Great for eye hand skills, concentration, grip development and precision
- Crayons and paper – Great for taking along to restaurants to keep your child occupied. You have to watch your child does not eat them!
- Pencils – As your child gets better hand skills and is not so at risk of poking themselves in the eye. Pencils can take over from crayons
- Wooden hammer bench – great for co-ordination, hammering, eye hand co-ordination and precision
- Colourful car ramp– Great for cause and effect, precision, hand grip and eye hand co-ordination.
- An easel – fabulous for developing the shoulder, pen grip, pre writing shapes
Take a look at the range of really useful tips and downloadable resources to help you develop your child’s development skills on our Practical Child expert page.