A vast majority of HFYH lesson planning centers around the development of fine motor function. Fine motor skills refer to precision, finger dexterity, and coordination of the hands. This skill set is used to fasten buttons, manipulate writing utensils, open containers and so much more!
As the use of handheld devices becomes increasingly accessible to our youngest scholars, we see a deficit in the fine motor ability of our students when compared to students in years past. It’s noticed mostly in a weak grasp of a pencil or the inability to manipulate clothing fasteners and scissors. Manipulating objects on a screen in a game is much easier (physically) than manipulating real objects. With everything, devices are just fine when used in moderation but also consider intentionally planning activities for your child that better develop their fine motor skills.
As I love to say, not every child needs occupational therapy but every child can benefit from its research-based practices. The OT Toolbox is one of my FAVORITE free resources! They’ve got a wonderful set of at-home activities that you can do at home with your child.