There are things that I do in my daily life as a parent that I have either made up or picked up some where on my travels and thought ‘oh great, I will borrow that idea’, use it and then think nothing else of it. Well, until now! I want to share some of these #parentinghacks with you to help make your parenting journey that little bit easier.
Today we focus our attention on the humble peg! I know you think I am crazy but read on.
Fine motor skills are one of the last things to develop as the muscle strengthening goes from your large muscles to your smaller ones. This is why in the early years (0 to 8 yrs), it is so important to do fine motor strengthening work with our children. This is all done in play and does not need to be a full on experience. Here are a few ideas to help fine motor development:
- Play dough – rolling, chopping, squashing, squeezing
- Lego and other construction type toys
- Peg dancing (literally put on an up-beat piece of music and dance with your pegs, opening and closing them to the music. Start with one and work up to two, it is hard work!). If you are intrigued, go onto YouTube and search peg dancing, it is amazing what you will find!
- Cutting with scissors
- Cooking – mixing, rubbing of ingredients together with fingers to make a bread crumb consistency, chopping (I could go on!)
We are a big board game family and love being introduced to a new board or card game that one of our friends or family has found. My Brother recently visited from the States and my Father and Step Mother from Australia and we embarked on a new card game, Exploding Kittens. This is where the humble peg made an appearance, my nephew and to a certain extent my 9 year old daughter found it hard to hold all the cards in a fan. So with the assistance of their grown up helper (!) we fanned the cards out and then pegged them, thus giving the cards a chance of survival and the children of our group a way to experience success by not dropping the cards all over the floor and being able to see the cards that were in front of them.
Do have a go yourself and let me know how you get on!
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