Handwriting in school-age children is seen as a very challenging activity. There are a couple of methods to improve children’s tiny fingers and to make children enjoy handwriting, which can become a challenging process. There are many activities for pre-school children to support development of their muscles such as handcrafts required hand writing, climbing at playgrounds, playing with toy blocks and playing with potty putty. However, just because children don’t do these required developmental activities enough, their fingers can’t develop too.
Due to touch screens of mobile devices that are used constantly in this age, hand muscles cannot develop. Child’s brain needs to be able to focus on the amount of writing enough to do self-regulation for child to be able to focus on handwriting too. Since children’s brains get used to electronic devices more and more, activities such as handwriting can not be sufficiently stimulated by their brains. As a result, the child struggles at school with handwriting. Handwriting helps children with math and reading skills. Handwriting is also associated with school success in later ages. There are evidences that handwritten notes are more effective than notes taken with laptops while learning. Instead of ignoring the handwriting and leading children to use mobile devices, the solution is to lead children to do activities to develop hand muscles.
What to do for hand muscles to get stronger?
Simple things like stretching elastic bands, removing hairbands, playing with touch and close fasteners, and putting in-and-out the coins in play dough will both appeal to them and will be effective for their muscle growth. Activities such as attaching and detaching rosette pins to clothes, trying to catch pompoms using clothes-pegs, punching balloons, punching paper using punches can be performed. Make sure your child participates in housework. Your child can push the trolley at the super market, and you can let him/her carry the light shopping bags. You can make your child clean dining and coffee tables or ask him/her to make his/her bed. Even if they can’t do those tasks perfectly, what they’re capable of is enough for their muscle development. Activities such as pushing barrow, climbing up to trees and climbing walls and climbing bars in the playground, playing tennis, basketball can be done. Since play-doughs are the most important activity material that improves their fingers, parents should definitely use quality doughs and join their children while doing their favourite activities. Activities that can be done at home such as painting colouring books and painting using watercolour, strengthen children’s muscles and support their development.