Therapy Just Got Fun: Fine Motor Toys
As a parent, teacher or therapist to a child with special needs, you know better than anyone the importance of fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are primarily hand and finger skills such as writing, cutting, zipping a zipper, and tying shoelaces. The development of these skills relies upon the age-appropriate development of physical skills (such as core trunk control and shoulder strength) providing the stable base from which the arm and hand can then move with control. These skills develop in most babies as they learn to pick up, hold and manipulate objects and pick up small pieces of food. These skills continue to be refined during the early grade school years as children learn to write and draw. Fine motor skills involve the types of delicate movements that can only be learned over time and with lots practice. A lot of young children will happily practice their gross motor skills through frequent running and jumping, but often they don't have the patience to practice buttoning a button, tying their shoe or drawing a circle with the frequency required to become proficient. That’s when toys that encourage the repetition of fine motor developmental tasks can be of great benefit. Kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are actually participating in essential skill building and strengthening. A win-win situation!
At Adaptivemall.com our team of therapists has put together an awesome assortment of toys to develop fine motor skills. Using well established skill building activities such as stacking, building, buttoning, lacing and more, fine motor skills toys help your child develop required hand strength, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity while also spurring the imagination and encouraging fun. These toys also encourage needed sensory experiences, visual-spatial awareness, cognitive development and self-expression.
Therapy Toys for All Environments
We have therapy toys for kids of all ages at Adaptivemall.com, including therapist developed toys from kid- and parent-approved brands like Guidecraft and Melissa & Doug. We recommend these interactive therapy toys for all sorts of settings, from the playroom at home to the classroom at school. Adaptivemall.com is your go-to resource for educational and therapeutic toys that double as playtime staples and learning essentials. Find everything you need for fun therapy activities here!