Why sensory play is important for children developing handwriting skills
To be able to manipulate a pencil and form letters of the alphabet, the hand, wrist, and shoulder needs to firstly develop the motor skills of:
- spatial awareness (through proprioception, timing, and force)
- shoulder stabilisation
- core strength
- wrist extension
- palmar reflex integration
- finger isolation
The hand, wrist and shoulder muscles develop these motor skills through crawling, climbing, scooping, spinning, pouring, jumping, hopping, digging, catching, riding, skipping, building, swinging, etc.
In this ebook I explain the importance of fine motor sensory play and provide a few quick and easy strategies for children aged 2 to 7 years.