This half term the children have been developing their gross motor control movement. Gross motor skills are larger movements your child makes with their arms, legs, feet, or their entire body. The children have enjoyed using the sticks and ribbons to develop the skill to draw large circles and lines.

 The Importance of Fine Motor Skill DevelopmentFine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning and zippering. 

Here are a list of activities you can do with your child to support their writing development:

  • Roll Play- Rolling using the rolling pins and manipulating the dough into tiny balls (peas) using only the fingertips.
  • Threading- Using lacing and sewing activities such as stringing beads, Cheerios,
    macaroni, etc. .
  • Pipe cleaners through a colander 
  • Scrunch up one sheets of newspaper in one hand—great for building
  • Lots of cutting different textured paper or card to develop scissor control.