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Motor Skills For Child Development
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Tanushree Pasricha Parenting 02 Jan 2020

I can explain to you by gestures or hand movements, but the child should know the importance of motor skills. Like you should also tell about his/her body parts. Initially, the child will recognize his/her body parts either by mouth gestures or with his hands, but slowly when he starts speaking you can tell him/her their names.

Motor development means the physical growth and strengthening of a child’s bones, muscles, and ability to move and touch his/her surroundings. A child’s motor development falls into two categories. 

Fine Motor Skills: 

Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child can complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning, and zippering. These abilities gradually develop through experience and exposure to a variety of toys, materials, and even foods.

Gross Motor Skills:

Gross motor skills involve the larger muscles in the arms, legs, and torso. Gross motor activities include walking, running, throwing, lifting, kicking, etc. These skills also relate to body awareness, reaction speed, balance, and strength. Here are general guidelines for gross motor development for children ages 0 to 5 years.

When Should Your Child Start Developing Motor Skills?

Child Start Developing Motor Skills

If you have a new Born Baby in your home, you do not have to wait for him to grow. You have to start research and you will get different game activities on different online sites which will keep your child's motor skill development going along with playing.

As the child grows up, his games activities will change and at the same time every week, you will also have to pay attention to the physical activity of the child.

As the child grows older, development in motor skills becomes very important, I am going to tell you a few points in the next section:

  • The child can move, Complete his/her work, and becomes independent as well.
  • If the child has to bring complete confidence then his motor skills are very important Because the fear inside the child of confidence also dissipates.
  • If you do not promote motor skills inside your children, then the child's development also interrupts due to that.
  • The child is capable of speaking anything in front of 4 people and at the same time, his mindset also develops.

Tips to Develop Motor Skills in Kids

Tips to Develop Motor Skills in Kids

Some of the tips are designed by the expert child psychologists of My Fit Brain for the help of parents to develop motor skills in kids aged 2-6 years. The tips that help to motor skills for child development are listed below:

Indoor activities:

One of the most important ways we can help our children while playing with them at home or in a childcare/classroom setting is through setting up simple activities that help to develop fine motor skills.

  • Holding Any Toy
  • Crawling
  • Stalking Toys
  • Throwing Toys

There are lots of ways your child can help develop those fine motor skills while enjoying the great outdoors. Learning and playing so often go hand in hand. Here are some ways to sneak in some fine motor skills practice during your outside playtime.

  • Bicycle Ride
  • Jumping with Support
  • Frisbee Throwing
  • Ball Catch & Throw
  • Dancing
  • Running
  • Climbing

Daily tasks:

The child develops their motor skills at different rates. Parents can even have a proper track and develop their kids of age 2-6 motor skills with some day-to-day activities also. 

  • Walking with Support of the Table
  • Eating with Spoon or Fork
  • Pouring Water in the Glass
  • Holding the Glass
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Dressing Up
  • Opening & Closing of Tap
  • Washing Hands
  • Taking Bath

Sports:

Sports

Sports play a vital role in developing a child’s motor skills as it helps to reduce the stress level in kids also enhances their mood. It is also helpful in building healthy bones & muscles, increases fitness, improves sleep, boosts their self-esteem which will make your kid active.

Here are some sports which will help invoice balance and eye-hand coordination in your kids.

  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Skating
  • Horse-Riding
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis

Building blocks:

Children would extend their limbs and bodies to grasp, pick and move the blocks, the muscle of their fingers, hands, and arms. It will help them to develop gross and fine motor skills.

Board games:

Board Games help your kids to learn important social skills such as waiting, turn-taking, sharing, making conversation, problem-solving, and many more. It will also enhance social skills, boosting their self-esteem, and most importantly it will develop fine motor skills in kids.

Some of the board games would develop muscles of hands, arms, fingers, and also eye-hand coordination in your kids.

  • Ludo
  • Spider-Man
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Monopoly
  • Pictionary
  • A Scrabble

Stacking toys:

Children always love their toys. They should be taught to stack their toys back after they are finished playing. They should be made responsible for their own things. Stacking toys would be fun for them and it would help them in gripping objects. 

As toys are of different sizes, shapes, and colors. So they should be taught to stack toys according to different sizes and shapes which would help to understand the difference between size and shape also.

Drawing, Painting, Art, and Crafts:

While coloring, drawing, painting, folding paper, cutting helps to develop the grip children need to write in school. The use of crayons, paints helps the younger children as their developing fingers learn to grasp the objects.

Puzzles:

Puzzles help to develop and refine fine motor skills in children. While making puzzles, the child grips, lifts, and moves the piece of the puzzle and tries to find the correct place to fit it. 

It involves eye-hand coordination, movement of arms, fingers, hands, gripping of objects. It will help in developing gross and fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

Final Words:

Lastly, I want to say that You should support your Child's Development of Motor Skills And You have to understand this Article and try to improve your Child’s motor skills. I hope You will like this article.

if You need any help then You can Contact me. To know more about the development of your kid’s motor skills. You can get connected to your Expert Child Psychologist helping parents and kids online as well as clinically. Just Visit myfitbrain.in

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