Planting is a great fine motor activity for the spring time. Whether you are planting flowers in the ground or pots or planting seeds, there are many fine motor opportunities for your child. Opening seed packages
will allow your child to practice their pincer grasp and provides a great opportunity for finger strengthening. Scooping, pouring and shoveling are all great ways to work on strengthening..., grasp, wrist rotation and muscle coordination. Poking the seeds in the dirt is a great way for your child to practice using that pointer finger in isolation. Patting the dirt down provides a great opportunity for wrist extension. Watering the plants allows your child to practice grasping and using a good deal of hand and arm strength, as well as muscle coordination. Your child is sure to enjoy planting with you. And you can feel good about the fact that your child is experiencing many fine motor opportunities that will develop muscle and coordination required for writing, cutting and manipulating fasteners later in life.
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist