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Play and Grow: 6 Ideas for Fine Motor Skill Building

By marylweimer |

When my oldest son was in kindergarten he still struggled to write his name.

We spent many afternoons practicing on kindergarten-lined paper, a No. 2 pencil wobbling in his unsteady hand. When I discussed this with his teacher she told me something I’d never considered: that many children, particularly boys, simply lack the fine motor skills they need to write.

She gave me some great ideas for activities my son could do that would help him develop these critical skills— toys, games and puzzles that would be fun for him, as well.

Because of this I’ve focused much more on fine motor development with my younger children while they’re still preschool aged. Here are some of the things we use to help them work those muscles and get them ready for writing.

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Ideas for Enhancing Fine Motor Skills

String Wooden Beads

Stringing beads is a great activity especially for younger toddlers. Join them by taking turns adding beads, or pretend they're making a beautiful necklace to wear to Cinderella's ball!

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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mary Lauren Weimer is a freelance writer and blogger. Her work has appeared in such places as Spirituality & Health and The Huffington Post, and she’s known for her thoughtful and introspective writing about all aspects of motherhood and the parent-child relationship.

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