I was told get some fun scrapbook scissors and have him cut wrapping paper. Just one problem, my son did not want to cut wrapping paper. What now I thought. Clearly this simple sounding task was challenging for my son, and he had zero desire to practice something that was difficult for him. I then realized if I was going to improve my son’s fine motor I had to make it fun and enjoyable. This was when I was able to see the true power of play.
I walked into a local toy store and found all kinds of amazing toys that were engaging and stimulating for my son while at the same time providing fine motor development. My son played for hours and hours with these amazing toys, all while working on an area that he struggled with. When we as parents can incorporate play into the equation the solution becomes less daunting. My son is now in second grade and he still regularly plays with these toys. I see him enjoying these toys and feel comforted that he enjoys them while also continuing to develop his fine motor skills.
After I experienced this breakthrough of the power of play in this area I could find other ways to involve “Play” to help with other subjects such as math and even spelling. I now incorporate all sorts of games and toys to help both my children further develop areas where they need a little extra help. The work becomes positive and I even find my children looking forward to what I have in store for them next.
Magnatab (Uppercase Letters)
Learn To Build Set
Scribble N Play
Mixed By Me Holographic Thinking Putty Kit
Scissor Skills Activity Pad