Think sidewalk chalk and water fights are all fun and games? Think again. While your kids are having a blast getting wet and being creative, they’re also working on those essential fine motor skills. Kids who are learning fine motor tasks—such as printing or buttoning clothing—need to develop strength in their hands, wrists, fingers and forearms as well as hand-eye coordination and an ability to move their fingers independently of one another. There are lots of fun summer activities that do just this—without your kids even realizing that they’re working on skill development. Here are our favourites!
1. Popping bubbles
Blow bubbles and challenge your kid to pop them with her index finger. This develops hand-eye coordination and works on finger isolation—the ability to move individual fingers.