The definition of “Fine Motor” is orderly progression that is deliberate and controlled movements requiring both muscle development and maturation of the central nervous system.
We need to be aware of the skills of the young child and plan activities accordingly.
We provide a Milestone List of fine motor control.
The building of fine motor skills in children will enable them to perform a variety of fundamental tasks.
A table of fine motor and prewriting skills for 3/4s and 5/6s in included as well as an overview of stages in fine motor development.
A 2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.
Exerpt from the Course.
Infants reach, grasp, and then drop objects.
Toddlers manipulate objects using fingers to twist dials, pull strings, push levers, turn pages, and pick up finger food.
Preschoolers thread large beads on a straw, then a lace, use crayons to make shapes, build with blocks, and do puzzles, all of which require eye hand coordination and cognitive awareness. A great amount of different stages of development will be evident among children, which will be dependent on the opportunity the child has had to experience and experiment with tactile materials. Guidelines of developmental stages will be given further on in the workshops but it is important to recognize genetics will also play a part in when fine motor tasks are mastered.
Caregivers can assist development by reviewing what activities assist use of fingers e.g. finger rhymes at circle time, Tommy Thumb, Peter Pointer etc. Incy Wincy Spider and make up verses. Pre-writing skills such as drawing, dot to dot, straight lines, vertical lines, up and down zig zag fashion, crosses, circle, loops, make the rabbit hop, curvy lines, use chalk boards, trace in sand or finger paint.