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25. Finger Isolation

As they grow, babies begin to learn how to move individual fingers.  At around 10 months they begin to use their index finger to point and to push buttons.

25. Finger Isolation

Finger isolation sounds a bit scary but it’s actually the very normal and natural ability to move individual fingers separately from the rest of the hand and fingers. When babies begin using their hands, all their fingers move together at the same time - most of us are familiar with the full-fist grasp of a new baby around our own fingers. As they grow, babies begin to learn how to move individual fingers.  At around 10 months they begin to use their index finger to point and to push buttons. As they grow stronger and more co-ordinated they’ll begin to isolate more fingers. It sounds a simple thing but it’s important to encourage it from early on as it forms the foundations for the many fine motor skills children use when they start school.  From grasping pencils and using scissors to doing up buttons and tying laces, playing instruments and typing on a keyboard.

 

Push button toys, squirty water guns and bottles, finger puppets and finger painting are all simple ways to develop finger isolation while having fun.

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

25. Finger Isolation

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