It’s hard for me to find toys that stimulate my boys’ creativity and promote both intellectual and physical development at the same time (and toys that can compete with the electronic market!)
“Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes.“
Manipulating the DUPLO to build a tower requires varying pressure; some blocks need more pressure than others. This trial and error method is deemed valuable and ties in with learning to write and applying the correct amount of pencil pressure. Putting blocks together and pulling them apart also requires the coordinated use of both hands.
Help your little one to fill the tiny hole on the DUPLO bricks with water using an eyedropper or pipette. This activity is great for isolating the fingers used for writing – strengthening the hand muscles and practicing coordination and control.
Picking up DUPLO bricks using clothes-pegs
This activity focuses on the pincher grasp which enables a child to pick up small items using the thumb and index finger. It is great for strengthening fine motor skills, hands and hand-eye coordination.
Putting small objects in large objects
This activity is especially great for younger children, because it involves repetition and allows them a great deal of pride with every successful attempt. It focuses on fine skills as well as visual motor integration (which is the ability to control hand movement guided by vision).