In recent years a growing number of children are “arriving at school lacking in basic fine motor skills,” writes Dr Marcy Guddemi. Like large motor development, fine motor skills develop progressively, beginning in the earliest years of childhood. Young children who spend too much time “swiping and tapping” electronic devices, instead of playing with manipulative toys or colouring with crayons, struggle with poor hand control and weak pencil grip in school.
This article is a call to action for educators and parents to return to the time-tested play materials of childhood – blocks, play dough, stringing beads, and crayons – to best prepare our children for school. Read it and share it!