Fine Motor Fun!

This Fine Motor Fun post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D.

There are many ways to sneak in fine motor fun without children knowing! Many every day activities such as playing with clay, finger painting or even watering plants with a spray bottle are all ways to get in some real finger fun around the house.

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Participating in various art projects is another way to use the small muscles in the hands and fingers. Melissa & Doug’s Peel & Press Sticker by Number activity kits are sure to be a hit! The brilliantly colored individual stickers are peeled and then placed into position, using precise muscles in the hands and fingers to press each sticker onto its matching number on the board.  The reward of seeing their masterpiece come to life is sure to keep kids engaged for hours!

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Melissa, co-founder of Melissa & Doug, explores the value of these unique and mess-free craft kits, in this Youtube video.

Budding artists may also like the idea of painting a beautiful canvas. Melissa & Doug’s Canvas Creations are a sure way to make even young artists successful. The canvas is outlined with an illustration, and comes with six bold paint colors and a brush to make the painting experience a breeze.  Children will be controlling their brush strokes with their fingers and hands, strengthening these important muscles, all while having fun!

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Here are some other fine motor fun tasks to do with your young ones at home!

For those that like to help out in the kitchen, unwrapping small individual candies for baking are a great way to get in some hand exercises.

Having older children sorting coins and then putting them into their piggy banks help utilize fine finger control.

“Stress balls” are great for strengthening hands and fingers and often come in an assortment of colors and designs.

Using a squirt bottle for water fun strengthens muscles.

Playing with stickers or even preparing mail with return addresses labels and stamps require fine muscle control. Start with large stickers, which are easier to peel, and work your way to smaller ones which tend to be more difficult to manipulate.

Create games using tweezers or chopsticks at home. Require children to collect or pick up as many small objects as they can in 30 seconds and watch them try to beat their high score!

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About Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D:

After studying early childhood education at the American University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Liguori began her career as a classroom teacher in one of the nation’s top school districts, Montgomery County, Maryland. There she fostered an environment where play and learning were synonymous, and her reputation for thinking outside the box when it comes to toys began. Dr. Liguori completed her doctorate in Developmental and Learning Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and worked at prestigious private schools in New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding suburbs before settling her family and practice in Westport, CT.

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