Precision in fine motor skills are essential for so many functional skills. When we write with a pencil, we need to make small motor movements in order to manipulate and move the pencil to form parts of letters. We need to adjust the pencil in order to erase, press harder, or make circles or swoops in parts of letters. We need precision of the hands to manage buttons on clothing or press down with varying degrees of pressure on a keyboard or when cutting strawberries. Precision in fine motor skills are needed to cut with scissors, put pegs into a pegboard, or thread a needle.
What happens with it is difficult for a child to master precision? The small motor movements of the hands and fingers are limited or disrupted and may result in use of larger muscle movements. Actions in handwriting, clothing fasteners, utensil use, scissor use, or other fine motor tasks become difficult or clumsy. The pegboard activity below is one easy way to work on fine motor precision skills using a DIY pegboard.
What is Fine Motor Precision?
First, let’s talk about what precision means. When kids perform very small motor actions, they need to have control so they can use the very tips of the fingers to place objects where they intend to. Precision occurs with development of grasp when child to use the pads of the index finger, middle finger, and thumb to manipulate objects with opposition.
Precision is made up of three parts when it comes to manipulating objects: