Simple Games - Marbles

Play Simple Games To Develop Fine Motor Skills

Simple games are ones that everyone can enjoy, no matter what age you are. It is about being able to join in and cooperate with one another. For small children, they will enjoy the interaction with family and friends, as well as being able to improve their fine motor skills. This will help them in other areas of their lives, such as being able to use a knife and fork, or writing with a pencil. A study of 7-9 year old boys recently showed good improvement in fine motor skills after playing traditional, simple games over a number of weeks. Here are some great, simple games that can help.

Terrific Tiddlywinks

Tiddlywinks is a perfect indoor game for a rainy day. It is one of the simple and nostalgic games suitable for all ages, and the rules are easy to grasp. You first need to lay out a felt mat on an even surface or table, as an area to play the game. The aim of the game is to get the winks - these are small plastic discs, into a pot, using squidgers, which are slightly bigger plastic discs. By pressing on the edge of the wink with your squidger you can manipulate it to flick upwards into the air, towards the pot. The person that gets the most winks in the pot wins. It is a very simple concept, and great fun to play. The action of manipulating the tiddlywinks helps children the amount of pressure needed to move an object.

Playing Pick-up-Sticks

To play Pick-up-Sticks, you have to pick a stick cleanly out of a jumble of around 20 sticks, without moving the others. It is both a physical and mental game, and players will have to concentrate well, and use logic to determine which stick is the best to move out of the pack. It is very good for fine motor skills, as you have to be very delicate when you are moving the sticks.

Traditional Marbles

Children love playing Marbles. The glass marbles themselves are wonderfully tactile, with fascinating colors, swirls and shapes. The game can be played outdoors as well as inside, and is one for all the family. There are lots of different ways to play, but the most common is The Ring Game. You draw a circle on the ground. Each player then puts a few marbles into the circle. The players take turn in shooting each other’s marbles out of the circle. The winner is the one with marbles still left in the circle at the end. Marbles improves fine motor dexterity, particularly the action of grasping and practising the pincer grip.

These simple games are perfect for kids and adults alike. They will really help improve children’s fine motor skills, at the same time as bringing great


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