How to introduce ‘Hands-on skills’ in an interesting way?

When you play video games like PUBG, Video brick games, other mobile and pc games you tend to control the game without even looking at buttons. When we are the beginners of the game we confuse with controls and gradually we tend to do it automatically. What makes us control game without looking at buttons?

  • How can we use right buttons without even looking at them to control game?
  • Did you ever observe your hand or fingers moving without your knowledge?
  • Why you are given a slate to practice letters when you start your schooling?

Controlling a game without looking at its buttons, hands and fingers will not move without our knowledge because these are the skills we develop gradually from our birth to control our movements of our small and big muscles to do our tasks.

They happen automatically with practice and understanding. To get the understanding of letters and writing they give us slates to practice letters. This builds our neural memory for the things we do repeatedly or practice. These are called ‘Hands-on skills’ or ‘Fine motor skills’. The fine motor skills like holding, tying, drawing, gripping something etc are developed through moulding our small and smooth muscles of hand, wrist and fingers.
Hands-on skills
When you were given a slate to practice letters

  • Did you follow the lines of letters perfectly?
  • Does your small brother/sister will be able to write letters and words as you write them now? 

No, you couldn’t write letters perfectly nor your brother can write letters you write. Because you have developed your hands-on skills by practice and your little brother needs to develop them through practice. Hands-on skills refers to using your hands in precise, Skilful and in co-ordinated way to do our tasks.
How to improve your hands-on skills?
To improve and get the perfect coordination of small muscles of hand, wrist and fingers with eyes we can do following tasks to master fine motor skills –


  • Colouring / Drawing
  • Cutting
  • Tracing
  • Writing
  • Using Glass Jewels
  • Activities with Snap Cubes
  • Play Dough Activities
  • Sorting Pom Poms / Objects with Play Tweezers


  • Building with Lego’s and Blocks
  • Puzzles
  • Dressing Dolls
  • Playing Games like Operation and Lite-Brite
  • Beading Necklaces
  • Drawing with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Playing with Play Dough


  • Tying Shoes
  • Buttoning and Zipping Shirts and Jackets
  • Eating and Cutting Food
  • Brushing Hair and Teeth
  • Using the Toilet

Providing variety of materials to manipulate according to child’s imagination may help them to master fine motor skills.
The fine motor or Hands-on skills are basic skills needed for doing our daily tasks like writing, holding small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards. 

Ignorance of teaching these skills may lead to poor hand and eye coordination where again child must take therapies and other medical attentions to gain these skills. To give best practices of Hands-on skills you may use Models and variety of play materials like – Lego’s, Building Blocks, Crayons and pencils etc.
Check our hands-on learning activity video glimpses to know more about the ‘Hands-on skills’ and for many more interesting activities.

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