Handling skills involve moving or using an object with your hands or feet to achieve a goal or complete a task. In order to fine motor skills , that object could be a pencil or a button.
In order to gross motor skills , the object may be sports equipment or toys such as bats, ball , rockets or jump rope . These skills are sometimes called object control skills.
Types of manipulative skills
In the gross motor area, these skills include:
- Dribble (move a ball with your feet, like in football)
- Hit or roll (a ball)
- Push and drag (the object can be a wheeled toy)
- Hit (such as swinging a baseball bat or golf club to hit a ball)
- Volleying (a ball back and forth to another person, either with the hands or with a racket)
Activities such as penciling, coin stacking and checkers, on the other hand, require fine motor skills.
When and how skills are developed
Object control skills are harder for children to master because they are more complex and challenging than motor skills that do not involve objects. Therefore, it develops after other gross motor skills.
When children learn manipulation skills for the first time, the goal is not total accuracy – for example, hitting a ball directly on a target or throwing it at another player in a game. You must first learn the basic action before you can adjust it.
If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s physical development, including mastery of handling skills, contact your doctor or early intervention program your school district . Sometimes physical therapy or occupational therapy is recommended.
To help develop and improve these skills, you can participate in activities like this at home with your child:
- Over the line : Divide a playing area in half with a line (use chalk, tape or a rope to mark it). Place an equal number of soft items, such as scarves, rolled socks, beach balls, or light bean bags, on each side of the line. Have the children throw the objects over the line on the floor on the opposite side. Then I can change the side and throw the objects over the line on the other side. Make it more fun by using small stuffed animals and pretending to cross a river.
- Hit him : Have the children practice hitting with a Beach ball big or a soft foam ball. Challenge them to kick their favorite leg, then move on to the other leg. See if they can hit the ball from the chosen place and hit a wall; gradually move them away from the wall. You can also hold a jump rope and see if I can hit the ball over or under.
- Bowling – Start with large, light needles (such as 2-liter empty sodium bottles). Then switch to smaller plastic bottles, add weight to large bottles or use a baby bowl.
- Hit the band : Young children often enjoy hitting pots and pans with spoons or playing with other toy musical instruments.