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Fine-Motor Skills

Fun Sign Language

Fun Sign LanguageDirections Involve your child in making up signals with their hands, arms, and fingers. Each signal should stand for a word or expression. Keep it simple and see how many your child can come up with and remember. This could become a game a secret or private language between you and your child. read more

Gifted Boy Lacks Fine Motor Skills

It is very possible to have a gifted child who is verbally/linguistically gifted, but delayed in fine motor skill development. read more

Heart Prints

Heart Prints Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: read more

Keystroking Activities

Keystroking ActivitiesToday's young children are a generation of computer-literate whiz-kids, in which computer technology is becoming more and more a part of their everyday life--and at an earlier age! The basic skill of "keystroking" is a fine-motor bi-manual skill. read more

Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with Scissors

Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with ScissorsIt is most likely that you will find scissors on the "back-to-school" shopping list. You will want to select a good pair of child-sized scissors that your child can hold comfortably in his hand and that will easily cut paper. Be leery of really cheap scissors as these can make the cutting process more difficult and they will most likely fall apart before too long. read more

Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing

Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any others. As mentioned in the section on name recognition, a young child is interested in writing her own name because it has meaning to her and she feels a great sense of pride when she can write her name all by herself. read more

Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools

Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using those tools. For now, the goal is to introduce a variety of writing tools and give your child opportunities to explore those tools as a way to promote her fine-motor strength and skills. read more

Let's Move!

Let's Move!Directions:At an early age, children associate how they move to words that describe the movements they make. For example: run, lie down, stand up, walk. This activity will help your child build his movement vocabulary. read more

Motor Skills Problem in Five-Year-Old

A mother is concerned when her child's teacher talks about her son's "sloppy coloring and handwriting." read more

Observing Fine-Motor Difficulties in Children

Observing Fine-Motor Difficulties in ChildrenObservable BehaviorsHere is a list of observable behaviors of children with fine-motor difficulties. read more

Poor Fine-Motor Skills

Find tips on how to strengthen your child's fine-motor skills. read more

Poor Handwriting Due to Motor Skill Problems

How can you go about getting your child's school to perform motor skills testing? read more

Tweezers and Tongs

Tweezers and TongsMaterials Tweezers Kitchen tongs Variety of small and very small objects Empty egg cartonsDirections read more