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Children and Fine Motor Skills

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 No Comments

Happy First Birthday, Baby!  Your baby’s work on her fine motor skills is really paying off now.  She can pick up and hold her toys (and other “stuff” that you rather she wouldn’t).  She enjoys turning the pages of her board books while you are reading to her.  Stacking cups present her fun and interesting challenges.

Now may be a great time for you to introduce your baby to the fine art of picking up Cheerios with her index finger and thumb.  Put the Cheerios in small cups for an additional challenge.  My daughter liked tortellini stuffed with cheese.  At first, I put the cooled noodles on her high chair tray.  Upon mastery, I put them in her baby bowl.

Large knob puzzles are easy for little hands to grasp.  As your baby’s fine motor skills progress, you can reduce the size of the knob.


Melissa & Doug’s Basic Skills Board is another great toy to extend the range of your baby’s fine motor and life skills.   Zipping, buckling, snapping, lacing and tying, and other dressing skills are contained on a separate, wooden puzzle piece for easy practice.

Variety is the spice of life.  Keep giving your baby plenty of varied opportunities to use those small muscle groups.

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