Sometimes young children can struggle to grip a pencil and control the movement.
To build fine motor skills in a playful and positive way, try this: put away the crayons and get ready to squeeze and squirt. Squeezing a bottle strengthens important little muscles in a young child’s hands. These are the same muscles needed for writing.
Three “Squirt the Target” Games
1. Letter Targets
2. Number Targets
3. Picture Targets
- Paint the fence or house with water and clean paintbrushes
- Squeeze lemons and drink some lemonade
- Use an eye dropper and drip watercolors on coffee filters
- Squeeze play dough
- Squeeze glue and make a collage