Fine motor skills

Now that I have a toddler activities
that help him develop his fine motor skills are just as important as sensory activities. Often though you can have both! Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers with the eyes.

Cutting with scissors, holding a pencil and writing, drawing a straight line, folding clothes, zipping zippers and other meticulous tasks are easier when you have honed in on your fine motor skills. You really are going to hear a lot more about this towards kindergarten. But it’s so easy to start now and here’s how! 

Let’s talk about hand motion songs! Yep these fun activities with your toddler help develop fine motor skills! It’s also super cute when they make little spiders climb waterspouts! 

So here’s a list of hand motion songs that we do! 

  • Five little monkeys swinging in the trees
  • The itsy-bitsy spider
  • I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor
  • I had a tiny turtle(we use sign)
  • Old McDonald(we sign animals)
  • If you’re happy and you know it (clap, stomp, pat your belly, shout hooray, whisper, freeze, bark like a dog, meow like a cat, and any animal or any action that you can come up with!)
  1. Another great activity to do with your toddler that  along with fine motor skills also helps develop language and communication is sign! I’m sure a lot of you did sign with your your babies when they were younger but there is no reason not to continue now that they are toddlers! Some of the signs that we currently do are
  • More
  • All done
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Duck
  • Snake
  • Cow
  • Horse
  • Turtle
  • Monkey
  • Alligator
  • Spider
  • Whale
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