If you have a pair of tweezers, you can make a fun coordination game for your child.
- Give him a bowl of dry beans, macaroni, or cereal plus a pair of tweezers and an empty bowl.
- Show your child how to pick up one of the items with the tweezers and transfer it to the bowl.
- Developing small muscles is important for young child. It will enable them to better grasp pencils, crayons and scissors when they learn to write and cut.
For this game, you will need an old eye dropper and two small bowls.
- First, fill one bowl with water.
- Show your child how to dip the eye dropper into the water bowl, squeeze to fill, then empty it in the other bowl.
- Continue until all the water has been transferred from one bowl to the other, or as long as interest lasts.
You can help your child develop eye-hand coordination by encouraging her to do stringing projects. Such as:
- LARGE BEADS – String large beads onto a shoelace.
- STRAW PIECES – Cut straws into 1” sections and string together with yarn to make a necklace.
- CHERRIOS – String cereal on a piece of yarn to make a bracelet or necklace.
NOTE: When working with yarn, your child will have an easier time if you wrap one end of the yarn with tape for a needle and tie the other end of the yarn around a bead or other object she is stringing. Remember to always keep the yarn pieces short and supervise activity at all times to prevent yarn accidents.
Learning to open and close snap type clothespins is a great small muscle developer.
- Rig up a short clothesline for your child, by stringing a line between two chairs.
- Give your child some clothespins and some small pieces of cloth or baby clothes to hang on the line.
- Other items can also be hung up, such as fall leaves.
Here is another example of using clothespins to help your child develop small muscle control.
- Take a plain paper plate and divide it into 6 sections.
- Using marking pens, color each section a separate color.
- Then, color the tops of 6 clothespins, the 6 different colors.
- Give the paper plate and the clothespins to your child.
- Have her clip clothespins to the 6 sections, matching pins to section colors.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES THAT CAN HELP WITH SMALL MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT
- Painting at an easel
- Play with a peg board
- Rolling squares of tissue paper into balls
- Writing in sand, salt or paint
- Writing on paper or on a chalk board
- Do “Connect The Dots” Pictures
- Practice catching a ball