Toddlers develop hand skills by playing with toys, objects and tools, and by doing everyday tasks such as brushing their teeth and taking off their shoes and socks. Activities such as painting, modelling with dough, building with bricks, cooking and helping with household chores encourage toddlers to coordinate their hand and finger movements, which in turn forms the foundation for more advanced development.
The anatomy of the hand is complex, but its integrity is essential for everyday functioning and precision movement. Activities that exert pressure on the palms of the hands build muscle strength and endurance, and lead on to greater flexibility of the fingers and thumb. A skilled pincer grip gives the toddler a more sophisticated ability to hold objects of different size and texture.
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By Dr Lin Day (founder of Baby Sensory, Hello Baby, and Toddler Sense)