EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Improving Abilities through Play

Posted on: March 22, 2010

When your child is in preschool, he is a sponge for knowledge. He is learning and developing his own little personality, developing mentally as well as physically. Hand and finger skills of your three year old are especially peaking during this time.

You may start to notice that he can move his fingers independently as well as together, which means that instead of grasping his crayon in his fist, he can hold it like an adult (thumb on one side and fingers on the other). His spatial awareness has developed quite a bit, so he’s more sensitive to the relationships among objects (positioning toys with great care during play). He has a new sense of control that allows him to build, pour, unbutton, and use a fork to feed himself independently (spilling occasionally). He is interested in discovering new things, learning what he can do with scissors and paper, clay, paint and crayons.

As your child develops, he will need to focus his attention on new activities and toys fit for his age. Some quiet-time activities that can stimulate your three year old and help improve his abilities include:

  • Building with blocks
  • Solving simple jigsaw puzzles (four or five large pieces)
  • Playing with pegboards
  • Stringing large wooden beads
  • Coloring with crayons or chalk
  • Building sand castles
  • Pouring water into containers

Hand and finger skills are extremely important to develop with your preschooler. Give him encouragement, help and supervise him in larger tasks for a challenge. You may be surprised at how much he can already accomplish on his own!

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