How to strengthen fine motor skills
How do you strengthen fine motor skills from a young age? It’s a great question and is manipulated in everyday craft play.
Improved writing skills are linked with creative play.
Leisure activities are a great outlet for children to foster quiet time.
So what do you get when you combine creative play with leisure activities…Beading!
Threading is an excellent activity that promotes children’s’ development in the following areas:
* Fine motor, visual perceptual, visual motor and cognitive skills;
* Dressing skills (especially clothing fasteners, like buttons and zippers);
* Pencil grasp and pencil control during colouring and writing activities; and
* Visual perception with better planning.
Fine Motor Skills:
Smaller beads encourage children to use their pincer grasp, thus strengthening the small muscles of their hands.
In-hand manipulation skills:
Many components of making a beaded craft increase strength and coordination, in the small hand and finger muscles.
Visual Perceptual Skills:
Visual Discrimination, Scanning, Visual Memory:
The child must be able to remember the beading pattern to determine the bead they want to use.
Once they know what bead they want, visual discrimination assists them in selecting the bead that fits their mental image of the desired bead.
Finally, the child must scan across many different beads before finding the desired bead.
Visual Motor Skills:
Threading beads onto a string involves bilateral coordination of the child’s hands and requires their eyes and hands to work together.
Planning: What style of necklace does the child want to make?
What pattern or colours will they choose?
Math Skills: Length…How LONG to make the necklace, bracelet, or key chain?
Number of beads needed to complete this project?
How to create and maintain the beading pattern?
Encouraging children to think through these functional maths problems is a motivating way to improve academic skills in this area.
Social Skills at home:
This activitiy can provide a sense of accomplishment in completing a project that offers freedom of self-expression and camaraderie with other party-goers.
A sense of “Occupational Fulfilment” can contribute to improved self-esteem.
Beading Parties promote sharing and cooperation, as children choose beads and complete their projects in a group setting.
Extra Bonus; they get to take home their own necklace or bracelet instead of a bag of lollies.
Beading is just plain fun and fun is good for kids.