Children’s development should be looked at holistically with consideration for how each area of development affects one another. Cognitive (understanding and development), social (literacy and communication), emotional, spiritual, and physical (motor skills) are interconnected with each other. For example, emotional and cognitive work together, and enable the child to develop an understanding of their emotions, and how to communicate to get desired results (for example, crying is symbol of sadness).
These developmental traits can be developed in many different forms, but today we will be discussing how they can be developed through art.
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles of the hands, such as grabbing, pinching, picking up small objects, and writing. Fine motor skills efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance. Efficient fine motor skills require a number of independent skills to work together to appropriately manipulate the object or perform the task.
Here are a few activities you can do with your little one to help support and the development of fine motor skills.