The development of your child's hands are a critical component to their early development. Fostering their dexterity and fine-motor skills is essential. Your toddler is getting themselves ready to write when the time comes. Also developing their dexterity and fine-motor skills will allow them to be more independent. This is one of the many reasons why there are so many practical life jobs and hands on jobs in your toddler's environment. As Maria Montessori said, "The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence."
Below are some jobs that foster your toddler's fine-motor skills and dexterity.
Open and Close Items with Various Lids
Holding Colored Pencils
Pinching Play Dough
Putting Clothespins Around the Edge of a Bucket
Inserting and Squishing Packing Peanuts