Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Developing Small Motor Skills Small motor skills are needed to perform a variety of kindergarten “desk activities.” Developing these skills will help your child be a better student, and enjoy school more. Here are some ways that you can help develop your child’s small motor skills. Stock up on supplies  To encourage drawing and writing, have paper, pencils, crayons, and markers always available.  Provide playdough or clay to develop hand muscles.  Get a pair of child-safe scissors and let your child cut up colored paper and magazines. Build skills during play time  Help your child put a puzzle together, string beads, and build with blocks.  Together build a house out of playing cards. Build skills doing everyday activities  Practice zipping and unzipping a jacket, and buttoning and unbuttoning a sweater or shirt.  Have your child help with household chores such as folding napkins, brushing a pet, or measuring recipe ingredients.