What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes.
Children with autism often have difficulties with fine motor activities such as buttoning, writing, tying laces etc. This difficulty can be because of neurological differences or challenges with sensory processing.
Some art- based activities to develop fine motor skills
- Eco art - Use leaves of different sizes, fine branches, to create a design.
- Finger painting - Have an outline of a picture, or show a visual of the end product, mix
different colours and get their fingers dirty.
- Ice painting - Mix water and colour (preferably food colour) in the ice tay o freeze. Once
frozen swirl them around on a cloth or thick paper to create desired designs.
- Thread painting - use woolen thread, dip it in paint. Use a thick paper to place the thread
and use force to make the imprints.
- Making collage - It involves tearing paper and sticking tiny bits of paper.
- Marble painting Dip - marble pieces in paint, remove them and drop on the paper and
swirl to make a design.
- Vegetable painting - Chop the vegetables in to a desired shape, dip it in paint colour and
create imprints on the paper.