Over the years I’ve been a parent, I’ve learned cooking and children’s activities go hand in hand. In other words, in order for me to cook, I’ve always needed to keep my kids occupied. While I do believe kids should have down time, once or twice a day to promote creativity, I have fine motor skills development activities at the ready whilst cooking. I’m no expert on the subject by any means, but like most of you, I’ve read and heard enough about fine motor skills development to know that it’s something we should all pay attention to.
Proper development of our kids’ fine motor skills is a fundamental building block that supports a laundry list of healthy development as our children grow. Reaching, grasping and playing with objects leads to the ability to use tools like crayons, markers and other creative items like Play-Doh. This hand-eye coordination helps them feed themselves, and later contributes to learning to use eating utensils and how to properly drink from open containers.
This gradually leads to even finer motor skills, like drawing and handwriting with a variety of writing utensils. These are all skills that will benefit our children for the rest of their lives.
Fine motor skills development also affects our children’s self-esteem, giving them the confidence to further explore the world!
In celebration of this vitally important part of child growth, I’ve attached some free print outs. You can purchase most of the things pictured to use with the printouts at your local dollar tree. If you can’t find them, I’ve listed some of them in my store here: My Amazon Store These fun and colorful printouts will help your children develop these all-important skills, with a variety of tools, shapes and objects that will also help them learn their letters, colors and shapes!
I purchased a tong set that gives them a chance to use different skills. My kids can practice the motions and also build muscles needed for scissor cutting. Some of the tongs in this set also develops the pincer grasp and finger dexterity later used in writing.
All you’ll need to do is print out these printouts and buy whatever you think is necessary. I suggest slightly thicker paper so it will last longer. You’ll also need these spinners for the free spinner game if you want to use those. The print outs consist of five printouts. You can focus on colors, shapes, or just fine motor development for younger kids who can’t distinguish just yet.
Let’s celebrate fine motor skills development together, and help our children grow up with the skills and confidence to help them explore their world!
Here are the attachments. Enjoy and please share this post to any of your friends that may find it useful!