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The importance of developing the motor skills of your kids


Your baby, during the first month of life, will involuntarily grasp objects that are put into his or her hands. This is due to the grasp reflex. After the first month, the grasp reflex gradually disappears and by two months of age, grasping will become voluntary for them. The ideal way for you to stimulate the development of fine motor skills is to give your baby's hands an ample amount of freedom.1

Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles in the fingers, hands and arms to manipulate, control and use tools and materials. The development of children’s fine motor skills creates an important base for achieving other important skills for the future such as writing, drawing and self-help.2

Developing Motor Skills

Following are few activities that can help enhance the fine motor skill activities of your kids:1

Developing Motor Skills
  1. Zolten K &Long N. Stimulation During The First Year Of Life. Available from:http://parenting-ed.org/handouts/stimulation.pdf. Accessed on 20th June 2017.
  2. The National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC). Supporting children’s development. Available from: http://ncac.acecqa.gov.au/educator-resources/pcf-articles/Supporting_children%27s_development_fine_motor_skills.pdf. Accessed on 20th June 2017.