8 Super Different Toys That Will Help Develop Fine Motor Skills In Preschoolers...

1) An Easel

Writing, drawing and playing on a vertical surface helps strengthen the shoulder and wrist muscles, and automatically positions the wrist in an extended position, which opens up the fingers. These are prerequisites for being able to maneuver writing tools appropriately.

2) Rock Crayons

Using shorter crayons helps build muscles in the hands and automatically incorporates the use of the thumb, index, and middle finger (tripod grasp), which is needed for holding a pencil.

3) Craft Supplies

Manipulating different materials helps develop hand muscles, needed for writing, cutting, and buttoning.

4) Big Coloring Poster

Did you know that Tummy Time can also be beneficial for older kids? Drawing on a large surface area while on the stomach helps develop neck, core, and arm muscles which are prerequisites for good fine motor control.

5) Mini Muffin Match Up

This game is designed to work on many early learning skills, such as counting, color and number recognition, turn-taking, and matching. It also has the additional benefit of using tweezers which strengthens the tripod grasp (grasp needed for writing).

6) Thinking Putty

Playing with and manipulating putty helps build muscles in the hands, which improves in-hand manipulation and dexterity.

7) Fingerprint Activities

Using fingerprints to create pictures is not only super fun but also helps develop finger isolation, needed for proper fine motor abilities.

8) Construction Toys

Manipulating, twisting and turning nuts and bolts to create designs builds in-hand manipulation skills and develops bilateral coordination (one hand stabilizes while the other turns). Bilateral coordination is used during many everyday tasks, such as buttoning, cutting, opening containers, and writing.

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