Fine motor activities involve use of the pincer grip, which require the thumb and pointer finger to come together to accomplish a task.
Think of all the times throughout the day when you use a pincer grip! From opening a bag of coffee beans in the morning to unlocking a door with a key, most tasks require some fine motor ability.
Young children are still developing their pincer grip and fine motor activities help hone this skill. Today, we recommend adding a set of stacking dolls (a.k.a. Matryoshka dolls) to your play area at home to practice size comparison and fine motor development.
Fine Motor: Simply disassembling and reassembling the dolls is great practice for building hand muscles and coordination. Young children can start here! Practice vocabulary as you go, “Is there another doll inside this one?”
Sequencing: Play a game by placing the dolls in order from largest to smallest or smallest to largest. If your child isn’t able to do this independently quite yet, make a guide by drawing around the base of each doll on a piece of paper in order. Your child’s task is to then match the doll to the corresponding circle.
Comparative and Superlative: After disassembling all of your dolls, play a simple game with your child using comparative and superlative language. You might say “Hand me the smallest doll.” or holding one doll you could ask “Give me the doll that is smaller than this one.” If you have more than one child, let the older child ask these questions of the younger siblings!
Enjoy the fun fine motor activities available to you with a set of stacking dolls. They can be a beautiful addition to your home as well as educational for your family!
Do you have a set of stacking dolls at home? How do you play with them?
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