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Developing Fine and Gross Motor Skills.
Tools can help children develop eye-hand coordination and strengthen their hand and finger muscles for writing, typing, and drawing. Try these activities:
- Scissor skills. Show children how to hold scissors. The thumb goes in the top hole and the pointer (index) finger should be placed in the lower hole. The middle finger should rest just below the rim of the lower hole to support the scissors. The ring and little finger are not used in cutting.
- Follow the line. Draw a simple wide line from the top to bottom of a sheet of paper. Direct the children to cut right above the line. Remind them that the thumb should always be up (in the top hole of the scissors).
- Basic shape cutouts. Draw three basic shapes on paper (square, circle, and triangle), and let your children cut them out. Save the cutouts (and scraps) for use in other projects.