Fine motor skills are achieved when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like muscles in the hands, fingers, and wrists. Children use their fine motor skills when writing, holding small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards. Mastery of fine motor skills requires precision and coordination.
Fine motor skills develop after gross motor skills, which control actions like throwing and kicking balls, as well as walking and jumping. Gross motor skills utilize larger muscle groups and require less precision
For doing this taped toys fine motor activity; you will need the following materials
- Cardboard or firm surface
- Safe toys ( use a variety of textures and sizes)
- Sticky tape or masking tape
Using a large piece of cardboard spread out the toys and taped them down. The activity involves you watching your child as they work hard or remove toys from the board and the tape.
You can vary the level of difficulty with this simple play activity by adding different sized objects. The larger the objects it is easier to remove from the board. Alternatively you can add flatter objects that stuck closer on the board. These will be harder to remove. You can also add more tape to the toys so they are stuck at more than a toy with only one piece of tape.
This activity helps to improve fine motor skills. If you can also include a variety of toys with varying textures (wood, plastic, material). This also provides learning opportunities. Including the sticky tape in this activity is wonderful because often children don’t get the opportunity to feel sticky. We can also give opportunity to wipe away their sticky hands. Using their stickiness of the tape gives them that special sensation. Fine motor skills are very significant for writing, drawing, grasping objects. This is an ideal activity for doing fine motor skills because pinching the action of pulling at the tape works those small fine motor muscles in the hand.