If you are looking to develop, or improve, your child’s fine motor skills through various writing activities or through other fun activities which involve the movement of fingers then here are some tips.
There are some schools of thought that say, “why not just write the alphabet out over and over again”
If you are thinking like that then you are not alone. However, I am sorry to say that it is the wrong approach. We need to practice the alphabet as per the researched and approved methods.
Good handwriting worksheets have to take a step-by-step approach that guides the child through the formation of the letter. ‘1′ is where you start from – so the child starts at ‘1′ and goes along the direction of the arrow. And then the child goes to ‘2′ and moves along the direction of the arrow next to ‘2′. And then finally the child goes to ‘3′ and moves along the direction of the arrow next to ‘3′
One of the other benefits of getting children to practice their handwriting on formal handwriting sheets is that the letters are in between the lines. This way you are teaching them about the proportion of the lines. Practice is the best way to improve a child’s writing.
Fine Motor Skills are the ability to control small precise movements with the fingers, wrists, and hands. It’s important to practice fine motor skills for young children. These skills play an important role in a child’s handwriting.
Good posture is important and plays a key role in handwriting skills. Bad posture creates stress on young spines. A lowered chin means your neck muscles are carrying the weight and the strain will flow right down the neck and down the back. So don’t let your kids slouch.
Don’t underestimate the importance of good handwriting skills. The best age to teach good handwriting skills to your children is between 3 and 10. However, don’t make it a boring ritual. Practicing handwriting is hard work and can be quite boring for kids. Try to make it a fun exercise. Don’t be too hard on them and go slow.
We have some fun worksheets to download and some books are also available to buy on Amazon.