Fine motor skills, like many areas of childhood development, is best learned through play. Learning to control the smaller muscles in the hands and fingers improves dexterity and is used for tasks like writing and art, construction, and self-care needs including fastening buttons and tying shoes. Simply offering a range of engaging activities that require actions such as threading, pinching, shape sorting, or stacking and balancing is the easiest way to give your child the opportunity to practise these skills.
Check out some of our favourite toys that help promote fine motor skills.
Suitable for 6 months plus, the Ombee Cube
is a fantastic addition to your toy box. As your child learns to rotate and place the shapes into the right slot, smaller muscles are being strengthened and trained. For other toys to suit infants, we also love Sensory Rollers
and the classic ring stack toy, available in a beautiful wooden clown design.
Wooden building blocks:
The classic wooden building block offers endless opportunity to build, create, and practise balancing and stacking. Start with large, easy to grasp blocks such as our Hape Maple Blocks
and move onto smaller and more detailed designs with a problem solving element such as Castle Logix
as your child grows.
Not only an early start to pattern recognition and problem-solving, the thumb and index pincer grip used to grasp and place puzzle pieces helps your child develop the muscles they will need to hold a pencil. We love the bright colours of the Hape Alphabet Peg Puzzle.
For older children seeking a challenge, try the Floss & Rock puzzle tubs
with a gradually increasing difficulty across 4 puzzles.
Making some noise just got educational. From our Junior Percussion Set
to the DJ Mix and Spin Studio
your child can discover their inner maestro, while strengthening and refining their hand eye coordination as they shake, strum, press and strike the instruments.
From the earliest weeks of grabbing at a dangling pram toy, to detailed art and construction in school, children can always benefit from the opportunity to practice and refine their fine motor skills, and Kids N Toys is here for you every step of the way.
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