In order to cope for the many activities and responsibilities that adult life brings, children need to grow and enhance basic and advanced skills. One of the very important skills that they need to learn is fine motor skills. Fine motor skills give a child or an adult the ability to do certain functions that include grasping tiny objects, writing, feeding, as well as dressing to name a few. Fine motor skills can develop naturally, as the neurological system develops and matures. Though that is the case, as a parent or guardian, you can contribute to the development of your child’s fine motor skills by providing them with the right toys.
Some specific examples of such toys would include, but may not be limited to:
You will find different types of puzzles that you can purchase for your child, but the best ones for babies and toddlers are wooden puzzles. Toys like the Great Gizmos 4-Pin, 9-Pin, and 12-Pin Wooden Puzzles should do the trick. These puzzles are very colourful yet still simple to solve. Most importantly, they are durable and safe for children since they are made of wood.
• Shape Sorter
Another classic yet really effective fine motor skill toy is the shape sorter. The shape sorter comes in different shapes such as boxes, cylinders, and hollowed balls-type. However, each one goes by the same principle of the child inserting different shaped blocks into their right holes. This is much like a puzzle, but in 3D. We have our own version of this which is the Galt Dr Miriam Shape Sorter. This is a wooden toy, which means it is very durable, and has blocks with different colours and shapes. The container or the shape sorter itself is cylindrical in shape.
• Building Blocks
Blocks that come in different shapes are certainly helpful in developing a child’s fine motor skills. Such blocks can be stacked on top of each other creatively so your child can also start building and constructing different things using them. We have a toy perfect for this and it the Plan Toys 50 Blocks. This set contains 50 different blocks, 36 of which are natural wood while the other 14 are coloured wood. They come in different shapes and sizes. Most importantly, they are made using non-toxic materials and natural rubber wood.
The idea in developing fine motor skills is simple, allow the child to utilize their hands and fingers in doing different activities such as playing with building blocks, tinkering with small toys, and the like. If you need to look for other toys for enhancing fine motor skills, click here.