Kid with pencil drawing in book using fine motor skillsFine motor skills are skills that involve the fingers and hands.  Because we use our hands for most activities, well developed motor skills are very important.  Kids with good fine motor skills will have an easier time being independent in self-care activities, such as getting dressed and eating. They are more likely to be successful in educational activities such as puzzles and writing.  Additionally, better Self Care Activities lead to more play opportunities as Self Care Activities are required for building and playing catch.

Whether you feel your child needs some extra assistance to build up his fine motor skills, or you just want to give your child some extra fine motor practice, you may want to sign them up for activities and classes that will work on these skills.  Classes provide fun opportunities for your child to improve his skills in a way that he does not feel like he is doing work.

Here are the top class types for fine motor skills:

Art

Arts and crafts always require fine motor skills, whether your child is painting, drawing, cutting, or sculpting.  These activities work on a variety of motor skills, including hand strengthening, finger dexterity, and hand-eye coordination.  When your child is engaged in an art project he is practicing gripping different tools and manipulating objects, all while having so much fun he doesn’t even notice the hard work he’s putting in!

Check out these fun art classes by these providers: CMANY,The Art Studio NY, Playday, The Craft Studio in UES and Tribeca , La Pittura Studio, Resobox, Preschool of the Arts

Music

Music classes are another great way to work on these skills.  Instruments are all controlled by hands, and many instruments require very advanced motor skills.  Music classes involving shakers, drums, and bells are wonderful opportunities for infants and young toddlers to practice grasping, banging, and moving in a coordinated manner to a rhythm.  Learning to play instruments such as the piano and guitar provide older children with opportunities to strengthen the intrinsic muscles of their hand and practice finger isolation, or using each of their fingers separately. Here is a list of energetic Music classes

Gym

While gym classes that include activities such as crawling, climbing, and throwing may not seem related to Self Care Activities, all of those activities are beneficial for their development. Crawling and climbing are important for strengthening all upper body muscles, which each play a part in fine motor activities.  Throwing requires advanced motor planning and hand-eye coordination which are also essential for Self Care Activities.  Gym classes provide a good opportunity to work on fine motor skills for children who do not enjoy tabletop activities like arts and crafts, which is important because these children are often the ones who benefit the most from Self Care Activities development. Check out some fitness and yoga classes for kids

Art, music, and gym classes are all available to book through GoBambino so you can help your child improve his fine motor skills starting today!