What is finger isolation and how do these adorable button rings help build fine motor skills? If there is ever an easy craft that you and the kids make, this is it. These button rings are as cute as they are effective in developing the skills needed for tasks like maintaining a pencil grasp, shoe tying, and managing clothing fasteners.
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What is finger isolation?
Finger isolation is the ability to isolate and use the fingers one at a time in functional tasks. Counting one finger at a time, finger games like “Where is Thumbkin?”, and typing on a keyboard require finger isolation.
Many small children are efficient at using tablets and phone apps with finger isolation. When kids are scrolling the screen, they are using finger isolation. However, when a child uses their finger in isolation on a tablet, they typically use only one finger (the index finger) and do not exert strength on the screen.
Finger isolation typically develops in the baby at around 6 months of age as they begin to pick up small pieces of cereal. It progresses to pointing, and then separation of the two sides of the hand with in-hand manipulation. Finger isolation is so important in fine motor dexterity in every task that the hands perform.
How do you help fine motor skills?
SO, how can you build and develop finger isolation? There are many ways to build finger isolation skills. Get a ton of ways to develop finger isolation skills here.
These super cute button rings are a craft that my kids loved making. They wore these rings every day for a while there. (This mom did, too!)
You’ll need just a few items for this craft:
Buttons (We had a bunch in our sewing supplies, but used buttons we received from www.craftprojectideas.com, too).
To make the rings, cut the pipe cleaners into small pieces. You’ll want them small enough to fit little fingers, but a little longer in order to add the buttons. Thread the buttons onto one end of the pipe cleaner. Twist the two ends together and tuck the end of the pipe cleaner on the outside of the ring (so it won’t rub up against the skin).
You can add extra buttons and layer different colored buttons for fun rings.
When wearing the rings, incorporate finger isolation by placing rings on different fingers. Ask your child to hold up the finger with a specific colored button or pipe cleaner. Try tapping fingers with the rings one at a time by calling out a colored ring and asking your child to play a “SIMON” type of memory game.
How would you use these button rings to help with finger isolation skills?
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