Week 6 - Research on Fine motor skills and Inspiration

Sean Lim - Wed 15 April 2020, 6:03 pm
Modified: Thu 16 April 2020, 2:02 pm


Fine Motor Skills : Involve movement of the similar muscle group in children’s hands, fingers and wrists

Fine motor skills are important for kids as they use it to do simple tasks like colouring, writing and other activities that help them succeed in school. Since my target group is age 3-5 years, I went to research on what kids of that age are able to do using fine motor skills

I wanted to be able to teach my target audience (Kids of age 3-5) colours and I want to know if they are able to recognise colours at that age. I came across a website that says that 18 months – 2 and a half years old is the generally accepted age for teaching colours. I then went to find out what are some of the things that kids are able to do using fine motor skills at that age.

Eye Dropper Tests

I looked at some of the things that are able to develop kid’s fine motor development and I came across something called Eye Dropper test. Eye Dropper test helps kids to learn about colours. It allows them to mix and match colours.

So how does this works?

Things that I need :

  • Dropper
  • Absorbent paper
  • Water
  • Food Colouring
  • Activity Tray
  • Cups
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Simply add 10 drops of food colouring to a cup and mix in 4 tablespoons of water. This will make your ‘paint’ so that kids can draw up into a plastic dropper and drip onto the paper towelling.


For fine motor skills development, the kid will use a dropper to draw up the liquid and then pinching the dropper to allow the liquid to drop on the absorbent paper.

I also looked at kids vocabulary capacity so that the kids will understand what Itsy is trying to say when it ask them to match certain colours.Based on the chart below, kids of age 3-5 will be able to understand simple english and they can understand what Itsy is trying to say.


Link : https://laughingkidslearn.com/dropper-painting-for-kids/

Things to Do next

  • Arduino Tutorials
  • Looking at how i can incorporate this with colour sensor technology.