Your preschooler’s motor skills are crucial to his daily life, whether
he is going to jump in a bounce house at a
birthday party or learn how to color and draw. By helping your preschooler develop his
various motor skills, you can help him succeed in countless areas of his
life. Read on for more information about motor skills and how to develop them.
What are motor skills?
Motor skills involve the use and movement of muscles. Motor skills are
split into two categories:
fine motor skills and gross motor skills. When your preschooler holds a crayon, speaks, or blows a kiss, he is
using a fine motor skill. When your preschooler runs around the house
or jumps in a bounce house, he is using his gross motor skills. Both fine
and gross motor skills are crucial to your child’s development.
When do they develop?
When your child was first born, he did not have controlled skill movement,
meaning that his muscle movements were uncontrollable. As your child grew
from a newborn to a young toddler, though, gross motor skills developed.
He could control his face and his neck, and soon, he could control his
torso and limbs. Fine motor skills typically begin developing after the
first year, because your child can play sorting games and play with toys.
How can they be nurtured?
Both gross and fine motor skills can be nurtured by encouraging your child
to move frequently and continually learn about objects around him. For
gross motor skill development, encourage your toddler or preschooler to
climb on inflatables, balance on straight lines, and run around obstacle
courses. For fine motor skill development, encourage him to play party
games for kids, draw, color, and play instruments.
Bring your preschooler to Bounce U, where he can run, climb, and jump in
our inflatables near Farmingdale. We have several areas and scheduled
events for the older kids and the preschoolers to enjoy themselves and
stay safe. Please visit us online and call us at (516) 986-4518 for more