The hands are one of the parts of the body that the baby discovers before, and it is that it is one of the extremities with which they can do the most things: grab objects, point and, in future stages, write. It is what is called as psychomotor or fine motor skills with which in addition to discovering the world and playing, it will favor writing. This skill will be learned in school, but also in the family home with suggestions and exercises. Here are 6 easy-to-create fine motor games to do with children at home,
Games are necessary and very important not only from the point of view of one's own mental training and fun, but they are also especially important to share time and activities with our children when we are at home.
All the games that we will propose below will have as their objective work on fine motor movements or strokes that will favor writing. Did you know that the correct outline of the hands with the pencil is acquired between 5 and 7 years?
Yes, this skill is known as a tripod clamp, it requires a lot of practice and before it we find the cylindrical grip (from 1 to 2 years), the pronated finger grip (from 2 to 3 years) and the quadripod clamp (from 3 to 4 years ). Furthermore, in all the games that we propose we will also try to awaken their creativity, imagination and visual-spatial skills. Shall we start?
Surely at home you will have a variety of books and index cards to trace lines with pencils and markers. But from our site we want to propose other simple alternatives to awaken their creativity and, incidentally, develop fine motor skills among the smallest of the house.
1. Car road tracks
We can take several folios joined together to get an even bigger game track, and this track can be hooked both on the wall and on the floor. Both places are excellent training places in both vertical and horizontal positions, being fun both creating the car tracks with the pencils and then driving them, holding the strollers or objects that simulate them. From here, originality on the tracks with details of trees and puddles along the way, or swapping cars for boats, animals or rockets.
2. Carnival costumes
We will repeat the procedure of taking several sheets of paper joined together to achieve a much greater length, so much as to be able to reach the width and height of the child and the adult who is playing with it. This large canvas can also be placed vertically on the wall and horizontally on the floor, both are excellent spaces to work on graphomotor skills.
Next, we can start the silhouette of each one by previously placing ourselves on the canvas and following with great care. Once we have the silhouette, we can unleash our imagination as if it were a carnival (animals, aliens, superheroes, etc.) by making up, combing and disguising our own silhouettes with all the details. Remember that you can paint with your hands and you can even hook or add pieces of fabric or stickers.
Surely you will also have a variety of books to paint and color. We can work with them at home! If you want to do something more original, take note of these ideas!
3. We paint our body
If we have leftover carnival paints or we have makeup that we no longer use perfect, but we can also color (with dyes such as pastry) our usual moisturizer. This activity, also known under the name of 'body paint' in English, is very common in pregnant mothers painting funny images on their belly. But we can also carry out this activity in any other part of our body (legs, hands, back, etc.) and with a great variety of themes (numbers, letters, drawings, tiger spots, Dalmatian, etc.) and, the best, put it into practice with our offspring.
4. Guess pictures on our skin
Another option can be with colors or just a moisturizing cream, make brief shapes and figures (letters, numbers, etc.) in different parts of our body without looking and trying to guess what they are about. We can always offer clues such as, for example, is a vowel that you have in your name, or even give them different options to choose from, such as to see if you can guess if it is a round, a square or a triangle.
Surely you will also have a variety of manual construction games or even making bracelets, but again we propose easy-to-create alternatives to make at home.
5. Three-dimensional puzzles or geoplanes
For this game, first of all we will need cardboard and thumbtacks, which we will place along the cardboard symmetrically. Once prepared, with colored elastic bands and a lot of imagination we can create different geometric shapes (square, triangle or circles) and figures (animals, houses, objects ...).
6. Let's sew
On top of another cardboard we make a simple drawing (for example, a ball) and, with the help of an awl or some thumbtacks, we will make small separate holes, but following this drawing. Once finished, we can try to pass the thread between them and start sewing.
Developing and working on this ability is, according to what they say in the study Early stimulation of fine motor skills, carried out by the Guantanamo University Center (Cuba), 'an essential element to achieve skills for writing, plastic arts, crafts and social validity. , influencing the development of personality '.
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