Ready for writing – strengthening hands for writing
Early play activities such as those that involve the child manipulating toys and objects help to develop fine motor coordination. Good hand function requires a stable trunk (body) so the arms and hands can move freely away from the body. Therefore activities which develop trunk muscles can also improve fine motor skills e.g. scissor skills, pencil control and the ability to manipulate small toys such as Lego. Activities which promote good hand strength and skill are often found in everyday tasks e.g. help in the garden by pushing a wheel barrow, sorting out the nuts and bolts in the shed, making jam tarts or rolling out dough to make bread. Before starting any activity ensure the child has a stable sitting position.