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    Default Developing fine motor skills

    Please suggest successful ideas for 5 year old boy.
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    Playdough! One game my DS particularly liked was when I buried marbles in the playdough and he had to find them and get them out. It's great for helping to build the muscles in their hands. There are lots of different types of playdough that you can easily make at home.

    Have a 'washing' day where you give him a bucket half filled with warmish soapy water (I just used regular body wash) and get him to do the washing. Cut up an old towel or similar type items, he has to wash them, then squeeze the water out then hang them on a low washing line (rope with pegs at his height). My kids did this last week but we also got their dolls and an old toothbrush and gave the dollies a bath and a scrub then washed all their clothes. It occupied them for a good hour or more. To be honest everything ended up dirtier than it was when we started but I just put it in the washing machine when we finished.

    Any play where they get to use their hand muscles will help to develop their fine motor skills.

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    Hi 2BlueBirds, my DS2 was 5 years old and at Kindy when his teacher raised with us that he had significant fine and gross motor skills issues- we had never realised the impact, we thought he was uncoordinated, due to poor vision- she recommended an OT nearby- we attended once a week for 8 months- it was fantastic- the gross motor skills part worked on his core strength, resistance work, using the right amount of force/strength to complete a task. The fine motor skills part involved activities such as cutting, sorting, tracing, puzzles etc. There was also an audio component which he listened to each night. It worked wonders- his writing improved, his task completion rate increased, and he improved all round. Sometimes at OT they would push him beyond his limits and he would get frustrated/anxious, but that was part of it, to build resilience, confidence and a sense of achievement in a safe environment. They also used a green/orange/red zone chart so he could see what zone he was in eg: green-calm, orange- anxious. All the best.

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    Would Lego help?

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    You could put some marbles into some putty and get your DS to pick them out, making sure he is using one finger and his thumb to do so. Make him alternate through his fingers and hands. You can do the same with small beads,buttons, etc. They are a couple of things that my DS' s OT does.

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    Threading pasta necklaces will help with hand eye coordination and build up muscles in fingers and hands.

    Stacking small wooden blocks on top of each other see how high he can get it.

    Drawing on a whiteboard or art easel (anything with a slope) to help with wrist control.

    Peg boards again help hand eye coordination and develop pincer grip with thumb and pointer finger.

    Sorting beads into colours will again help with pincer grip this can also be done with coloured sprinkles during baking for some varied fun and also makes the task more challenging.

    Opening waterbottle with beads in and pouring out.(twisting wrist movement)

    Kinetic sand play
    Play dough

    If you have access to an ipad - dexteria do apps for finger isolation exercises and problem solving.

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    Give him a tray of tiny things like beads and sequins and a pair of tweezers with a few containers and see if he can fill the containers.

    Air dry clay. Needs much more working than playdough but playdough is excellent as well.

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    Thanks all.
    This morning before school he happily found buttons in the play dough. I love the tweezer idea too!


 

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