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.