Prior to your child starting kindergarten it is important that they learn to build up their motor skills. Usually in preschool kids will be given the opportunity to develop those skills. If you are going to be a homeschooler or perhaps not sending them to preschool, then starting early to work on fine moor skills is really the best option. Below you will find a few ideas on how you can help your child to develop their motor skills.
Go Bug Hunting
You are probably wondering why you would go bug hunting to build up their fine motor skills. It is actually the tweezers that will help to build up those muscles. The kids will really love going around hunting for bugs, and picking them up to place in the bug kit. Remember that you do not want to pick up the bugs for them instead let the do it. At first it may be a little difficult for them to pick up the bugs with the tweezers but eventually they will get the hang of it.
Make some play dough
Playing around with some play dough is really great in building up motor skills as well. Rolling out the play dough, and working it into different shapes is a great way to build up those motor skills. You don’t have to focus on having them create a particular item, but you can instead just allow them to play for a bit. Encouraging them to roll the play dough into small balls is really a great idea.
There are plenty of building kits that are made just for little ones. My kids seem to really enjoy playing with Lego sets. Lego has building sets there are categorized by age. This will allow you to find a set that is best for your child. Building with the Lego sets will really help them to build up those motor skills.
Start Shoe tying
Some parents feel that shoe tying should wait until your child is about to go to kindergarten. You can actually start shoe tying when your little one is a toddler. They may not be able to make much progress but just keep at it and eventually they will get it. Either way it will help them to build up those essential hand muscles that they will need.
Craft projects are really great for helping children to build up their fine motor skills. You will first want to purchase some safety scissors that will fit their little hands. They will need plenty of help cutting out the items at first. Eventually they will build up those fine motor skills and will be cutting paper all by themselves.