Fine Motor Development means mastering precise and accurate small muscle movements of the fingers and hands in order to reach, grasp and manipulate small objects.
This picture book activity encourages your baby to practice their small muscles in the fingers and hands to turn the pages in the book. You will enjoy depicting the photos and your baby will attempt to grasp and hold the picture book to strengthen their fine motor skills.
You will need:
- A small vinyl photo album, with pockets for photos or index cards or construction paper
- Scotch tape or glue stick
- Family photos or pictures cut from magazines, relevant to your family life, culture, community, etc.
- If using a photo album, place photos into the pockets in the album and seal the tops of each page with scotch tape. If using index cards or construction paper, tape photos to the cards or the paper.
- If using magazine pictures, glue these onto index cards and place the cards into the pockets in the photo album. If you like, print a single word, in English and/or in your language, onto the index card that describes the picture (e.g., ball, cup, dog, shoe, etc.).
- Open the photo album and show each photo to your baby, pointing to the picture and talking about what you see.
- Encourage your baby to grasp and hold the album, to attempt manipulating the pages. If your baby points to a picture, describe it. Your baby will enjoy hearing your voice and learn many new words.
- Provide one-on-one attention and allowing your baby to turn the page.
- Enjoy participating in seeing pictures and turning pages.
- Making up a silly story about what is happening in the picture.
- Feel motivated in looking at different pictures as they turn the page.