Developing Hand Eye Coordination

Developing Hand Eye Coordination and Fine Motor Skill

Going through the weaning stage with Luca was a very challenging time. Due to his eczema and multiple allergies it meant that each food was introduced slowly. We monitored for any reactions and kept a close eye on his skin.

Developing Hand Eye Coordination Header

Understanding Allergies

I recently read a survey, which asked parents what they found most frustrating with regards to their child having allergies. Interestingly enough it was that people do not seem to understand. I can relate. I have found it very difficult to explain to people that his hands are one of most difficult parts of his body to manage. Like any other child, he wants to touch and feel everything. Cleaning, creaming and vaselining (if that’s even a word) his hands on a regular basis, is not my OCD kicking in. I’m an Early Years Practitioner, I know the importance of allowing children to explore and learn through sensory play. It is frustrating when everyone seems to have an opinion. Even professionals, are telling me the weaning ‘should’ be baby led to develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, and to just generally leave him be.

Skipping the baby led weaning stage

I stuck to my guns and skipped the baby led weaning because it did not suit Luca. I have been, and continue to be careful with what Luca touches. Even though I doubted myself, by 17 months he was independently feeding himself using a spoon or fork.

As parents, we need to stop doubting ourselves and go with our parental gut instinct no matter what your situation. Do what is best for your child and what makes them happy and healthy. You are the person who knows your child the best…no matter what the guidelines or other people say.

Developing Hand & Eye Coordination

There are many ways to develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. Here are a few activities that can help from baby up to 5 years…

  • Pressing buttons…any buttons
  • Stacking blocks for baby to knock down
  • Reaching for objects
  • Shaking rattles
  • Drawing/scribbling in or on cardboard boxes, or large pieces of paper
  • Finger painting (for those children with eczema I would cover the paper/canvas/paint with cling film for Luca to move the colours around)
  • Paint with water
  • Throwing and rolling balls
  • Stirring lentils, beans, grains and various mixture using a wooden spoon
  • Play doh / home made & allergy free recipe coming soon
  • Stacking blocks or boxes
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Dropping straws into bottles
  • Popping bubbles
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Pointing to objects in a book
  • Singing songs with actions
  • Turning pages in a book
  • Sensory play boxes
  • Brushing teeth
  • Tearing pages in magazines
  • Posting objects through holes
  • Tidying up (yes make it fun and get some help putting things back where they belong! Sing songs, be super positive and encourage the routine)
  • Twisting dials and door knobs
  • Throwing big balls
  • Dropping pom poms down a tube or pushing into a plastic container
  • Cooking with parents (skills are endless here)
  • Squeezing pegs
  • Pour and collect water using bottles and jugs
  • Squeeze sponges in watef
  • Push levers
  • Match and sort coloured/patterned objects (socks, leaves, lego pieces)
  • Use tongs to pick objects up with (pasta, small animals, stones)
  • Doing up buttons
  • Thread pipe cleaners into holes of colander
  • Threading and lasing
  • Throwing and catching different size balls
  • Transferring beads, marbles or large beans between bowls

Developing Hand & Eye Coordination

Please ensure your child is supervised at all times whilst providing any of these activities and only encourage them to continue if they are enjoying themselves. Remember children learn at different stages and have different interests.

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *