Your child won’t notice that they are developing skills that will help them in school and everyday tasks. All they’ll notice is the fun! This is especially true if you choose a toy tailored to your child’s level and which avoids undue frustration. If you need help assessing whether a toy is right for your child, feel free to ask your child’s therapist.
Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscles, usually in the hands and fingers, which are fundamental for a variety of activities, such as:
- Various everyday tasks, such as writing, buttoning a shirt, or using utensils
- Academic tasks such as drawing, cutting, and manipulating objects
- Holding a pencil with the right amount of pressure or using scissors effectively, which require a strong grip
In addition, engaging with toys that offer different textures, shapes, and materials can help your child explore and understand sensory input in a playful and enjoyable way.