Age appropriate play activities that improve your child’s dexterity

2016.06.30

Most people feel that as adults it is better to be dexterous.
As a result, many parents are worried whether their child is dexterous or not compared to his/her peers.
In this article, we will introduce age appropriate activities that will help your child gain dexterity.

Whether they use their fingertips or not makes a difference

Children begin to be able to use their hands freely from the age of 1.
It is important that an adult teaches the importance of using their fingertips from this stage.
When they enter elementary school, children will be required to use their fingertips and
hands for complicated projects so it is best to have them practice as much as possible.

Play activities for 1 year olds

When children turn 1, they are able to sit up and stand and try to touch everything
that is in their reach. At this age, it is important to teach them how to grasp and pinch.
One popular activity at this age is to grasp an object and put it in a box.
This activity will help young children use their hands.

Try taking 2 bottle caps and gluing them together so that your young one cannot swallow them.
Next, open a hole in an empty box and have your young one try throwing the bottle caps in the box.
This activity is free and is a fun way to encourage your child’s fine motor skills.

Play activities for 2 year olds

At 2 years old, children are able to do more things on their own and often try to imitate what their parents are doing.

From this age, encourage your child to sit you and practice drawing using crayons.
When they realize that they cannot draw if they are not holding the crayon they begin to put strength in their fingertips.

They also begin to learn their colors at this age so simple puzzles are another good activity.
Puzzles are good practice for using your fingertips, since you use them when you put the puzzle together and take it apart.

Play activities for 3 year olds

There are some differences depending on the child, however, by the age of 3, most children are able to sit still and use their hands and fingers fairly well.

At this age, we recommend starting to use origami paper.
Learning how much strength is required to fold the paper and where they should fold the paper is a great way to encourage their fine motor skills.

Playing with play dough is also effective.
Pressing down on the play dough and rolling it up in small balls also helps a child’s fine motor skills develop.

Play activities for 4-5 year olds

Between the age of 4 and 5, children are able to read characters and numbers and recognize shapes.

At this age, stringing beads is a great way to encourage their fine motor skills.
They can also pay attention to the colors and shapes as they string and use their creativity to make their own original item.

Another good activity is to draw animals (whole body, hands and feet, faces) on a piece of paper and have your child cut them out, glue them on another piece of paper and then color them.
All these activities require children to use their fingers and hands and are effective ways for children to practice using their fine motor skills.

Parents sometimes get frustrated when their child cannot use their hands and fingers well.
However, please make sure to explain to your child that it takes practice and you and your child can fun while they are learning.
Let’s help our children develop by using the play activities introduced in this article.

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