Written by Kelly McGann
All parents look forward to important child development milestones such as crawling, walking and jumping. These gross motor skills, while significant, are not the only skills needed by children to grow into rounded, happy individuals. Fine motor skills are also necessary as a child grows in order for them to engage in smaller, more precise movements. These movements typically involve the smaller muscles, usually those of the hands, fingers and wrists. As a child gets older they will use these muscles when doing everyday tasks such as, writing, doing up buttons and opening containers.
Kidstuff has a great, carefully selected, range of First Play products that provide ample opportunities for children to learn and practice these new fine motor skills.
By the age of 6 months a child should be able to use their entire hand to grasp at objects. This may involve small objects such as balls or larger objects such as hammers. First Play products such as the Pound a Ball, Peg Basher Fire Engine, Pop Up Jungle Friends and Owl Tumbler all provide opportunities for this skill to be both developed and enhanced.
At around 12 months of age children should start to be able to move objects around, on top of each other and place inside other objects. Shape sorters, marble and construction toys are great examples of this. First Play products such as the Sort and Stack Puzzle and Marble Mountain all provide opportunities in this area, while also being educational and fun!
MAGNETIC UPPER CASE LETTERS for ages 3+ years $19.99 shop now
SORT & STACK PUZZLE for ages 12+ months $29.99 shop now
TAP & DASH FIRE ENGINE for ages 1 to 4 years $29.99 shop now
POUND A BALL for ages 2+ years $39.99 shop now
STACK & NEST DISCOVERY BLOCKS for ages 2+ years $24.99 shop now
MARBLE MOUNTAIN for ages 4+ years $49.99 shop now