Building fine motor skills in early years.
This entry was posted on June 14, 2017.
So having read our previous blog you have decided to get kids cutting! Great! However, what if the child is not ready for scissors? Should you be worried? Why can they not use scissors straight away? How can you improve children's fine motor skills? Read on as we help answer these questions!
Why tearing is good
Scissors require hand-eye co-ordination which does not happen straight away. Could you zip up your coat the on the first try? No, and it’s the same with using scissors. Scissors also require strength which does not come automatically either, and it is building up this strength which will get children cutting straight lines and ultimately being able to write neatly.
So how can you build this strength and coordination to get then ready for cutting? Get children to rip some of our tissue paper. This will help get both hands working and building up strength. They could start by tearing small pieces (perhaps these could become a mosaic in an art project) and then try to tear in a long straight line.
For added literacy and numeracy you could ask your child to rip the shape of a circle, or square etc. Or, reverse that and get them to vocalise to you what they are tearing and how many!
Building Muscles and Fine motor skills
To build muscles and dexterity even further before the complex task of cutting get children to play with our hand puppets! These are ready made and are great for communicating a story and also for finger isolation, which is where you are getting each finger to work one at a time. Why is this useful? You will notice you don’t use every finger to hold scissors or to hold a pen when writing. Getting your brain to tell which finger to move at a different time requires practice, but with our materials, these important lessons will seem like child’s play!
In our next blog see which of our wide range of scissors are great for beginners and what products we have to get kids cutting…