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What is technology doing to children's fine motor skill development?

technology impacting fine motor development

With the advancement of technology, children’s fine motor skills have declined. Some children start school with a 2 year old pencil grip (grasping the pencil like a hammer). I also see some children who find it difficult to undo zips, do up their own buttons, put on their shoes, and write their name.

Unfortunately, many children are lacking the opportunity to draw shapes, tear paper, peel of stickers, and participate in arts and crafts like we used to when I was a child.

pincer grip art craft early learning activity

Despite the benefits of technology, it is still vital that children consistently practice their fine motor skills every day to be adequately prepared for school and life.

Here are 4 fun activities you can implement in your classroom or home to improve children’s fine motor skills.

  1. Play tea parties and encourage wrist extension by carrying trays

  2. Make paper chains or pipe cleaners chains to encourage bilateral coordination

  3. Place small beads on to pipe cleaners and make hair for a ‘playdough monster’

  4. Use small tongs to pick up pom poms, pasta, or magnetic letters hidden in rice

Read our fine motor skill ebook here

My School Readiness Motor Skills Training Manual also outlines activities you can use to further develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness – click here

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