The Importance of Developing Fine Motor Skills June 25 2014

An important area of development during a child's pre-school years is fine motor skills, or use of those tiny hands and fingers. Unlike gross motor skills, which allows your child to walk or chase after a ball, fine motor skills allow for increasing independence in smaller but equally significant matters: holding a crayon, opening a zipper, washing hands using soap, and so on.

Combining this skill with increasing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills also open new doors to imagination, exploration, learning, and the creative process. Child development research shows that emphasis on intellectual activities, coupled with perfecting one's fine motor abilities and hand-eye coordination, allows children to perform better in school and in life. In order to learn to write or draw, for example, a child's hand must be strong and coordinated enough to hold a pencil steady for a long period of time.

Among the fine motor skills your pre-school child should perfect are the abilities to:

  • paste things onto paper
  • clap hands
  • touch fingers
  • button and unbutton
  • work a zipper
  • build a tower of 10 blocks
  • complete puzzles with five or more pieces
  • manipulate pencils and crayons well enough to color and draw
  • copy a circle or cross onto a piece of paper
  • cut out simple shapes with safety scissors

Arden Anne's toys that focus on fine motor skills development are an excellent start to getting your child ready for what awaits in pre-school and beyond. An example of an excellent toy that is not only eco-friendly but also helps develop fine and gross motor skills is Green Toys' Animal on Wheels. Or see our entire selection of Green Toys products, all of which help develop your child's motor skills.