I often post a lot of activities and videos which are focused on developing or enhancing motor skills in children. My daughter who has just turned 3 years, is very active and enjoys doing a lot of Art and Craft Work which allows her to develop Imagination and essential Motor Skills.Now many of my friends seldom ask meWhat is Motor Skill? and why is it important?If I have to explain in the simplest term I would say Motor Skills are actions that involve muscle movement, for example, Walking, Picking up a toy or moving arms or wrist, etc.Motor Skills are future divide into 2 parts
- Gross Motor Skills:- these are skills that require the usage of larger muscles like Legs and arms, activities such as Pulling up to stand, Walking or Running, etc are gross motor activities.
- Fine Motor Skill:- this involves skills which require the usage of smaller muscle group like a hand, finger, and thumb, activities such as writing, eating, picking up a toy, or typing, etc are fine motor skill activities.
Development of motor skill takes place from birth to five and six years of age, these skills are very essential to complete day to day common activities like eating, walking or writing, having good motor skill enables the child to explore the world around them freely and helps in building confidence.Activities which enhances Motor SkillAge 0-1 year
- Rattle – get a rattle and play it in front of the child, move it from side to side and see the little one gazing at it, once your child is older you can also keep it away so the kid can crawl and get it.
- Ring Blocks can be introduced as soon as 6 months, initially, the baby will grab an explore the colors and shape of the block, and eventually, they will be able to put the blocks in the ring stacks.
- Crawling and learning to pull up and stand- these are 2 very important gross motor skill activities, try putting toys within the kid’s reach and encourage them to get it for you.
Age 1 to 2 years
- Self-feeding – during this year your baby will be able to pick up the food and put it into their mouth on their own, cover the area with mats and put the food on the mat, and let them eat on their own.
- Climbing on to the bed – climbing up and down the bed is currently my 1-year-old daughter’s favorite activity.
- Shape sorting and wooden boards – this is the perfect time to introduce learning toys like these.
Age 3 to 4
- Prewriting activities:- at the age of 3 years we often encourage kids to start with pre-writing skills, my 3-year-old has done various activities which are linked below for you.
3 Activities using daily objects for enhancing Motor skills in Toddlers!
Learning Numbers is Fun – 1 Activity 4 learnings!
Pre writing-2 fun grip-enhancing activities for Kids!
DIY Alphabet weaving activity for Kids – Fun learning
- Putting clothes and shoes on:- by now the kids will have learned how to dress and put on the shoes on their own, if not this is the best time to make them learn these basic activities
Age 4 to 5
- Playdough activities:- this is a fun way to help those little hands enhance motor skills, give them playdough, and let them create different things using their imagination.
- Puzzles:- solving puzzles will not only improve their fine motor skills it also builds confidence and concentration levels in kids
- Physical activities:- like playing with a ball or playing hide and seek can help develop their muscle
To sum it up Motor skill development is very essential for growing kids, these not only help to improve them physically but can also help them build important attributes like confidence and social skills.Important Disclaimer This website participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. The program enables us to earn money by linking to amazon.com and affiliated websites without any additional cost to you.However, I have personally used and liked each recommended product.