Finger isolation Painting: Can you make a peace sign with one hand? The skill you just did is called finger isolation. This is the ability to move certain fingers apart from the rest of the hand/fingers. It’s easy for us now, but when kiddos first begin using their hands, all fingers move at the same! I remember when Chanel had a hard making a 3 with her fingers. As they grow and their hand muscles develop, they start to move individual fingers. At around 10 months they will isolate their index finger and you probably notice them pointing at everything in sight! Isolating fingers in a sequence is a skill most kids get before age 5.
Finger isolation is so important in fine motor development. It helps develop a good pencil grasp so they can have better control over their fingers. It helps with things like cutting with scissors, buttoning, typing on a computer, playing an instrument, tying shoelaces and so much more! Activities like this one focuses on just that!
Age range: 18-24 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years