Threading with beads is the perfect activity for developing fine motor skills in young children. It increases concentration span, develops thinking skills, encourages the use of the pincer grasp between the thumb and forefinger and naturally strengthens the small hand muscles that are vital for holding a pencil to write with when they start school.
Dramatic play teaches children social skills, new vocabularyand develops communication techniques in a realandrelevant setting that they can understand. When children take on characters they are learning about roles, responsibilities and relationships.
Thevalueof a child’s creativity is not in the final product but in the time, effort andprocessthat it took to get there. Children are naturally creative, inquisitive and willing to explore – art is the perfect canvas for allowingfreedomandself expression.
Toys made of natural materials, like wood, nourish your child's senses and connects them to nature. What could be better for the Earth than a child who has an appreciation for the wonder of the natural world?
Like all mums, I’m always trying to find new activities to keep my two toddlers busy and entertained. Choosing a few activities each day that focus on fine motor is a great start to enhancing these skills. It can be as simple as helping peg the washing, playing with pasta or painting rocks.