Picking up a pencil, clicking on the link to this article and eating with chopsticks are all movements which use fine motor skills and your baby is developing these right from birth. You can help your baby to develop their fine motor skills by choosing the right books. We marry up each stage of fine motor skill development with the right books in the first of our ‘senses and skills’ series.
Around 3 months, your baby will begin to reach for objects. As reaching is often unco-ordinated, cloth books are soft and safe enough for small hands and can be grasped by your baby. These can either be held up in front of baby or placed on the floor during tummy time.
A large-format cloth book for babies. It features bright and colourful scenes that show bunnies, birds, butterflies, flowers, and kittens. It features touchy-feely patches, flaps and squeaky surprises.
"Guess How Much I Love You" tells the story of a game Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare play as they try to express their love for one another. But as each tries to outdo the other, they discover that love is not an easy thing to measure!
A new addition to the "Hello Baby" range, this soft cloth book features high-contrast images of a bee, a panda, a dog, and other first animals, set against bold, primary coloured backgrounds. The front cover features a tactile, cloth applique zebra, with further touch-and-feel textures for little hands to discover throughout.
This wonderful portable edition is the perfect way to introduce Judith Kerr's classic book to the youngest generation, while out and about or relaxing at home.
Ideal for 3 - 12 months
Other physical book£3.09 £4.99 38% off
At around 6 months, your baby will begin to hold objects and bang objects. Choose durable board books that your little one can try out their newfound movement with, the pages of these are also easy for small hands to turn.
Add to the fun of signing by singing well-known nursery rhymes and songs. Even proficient speakers will long enjoy signing to a favourite song or rhyme. Simple and clear signing instructions allow anyone to join in.
A foot-tapping introduction for young children to different types of sound, musical instruments and group play.
Ideal for 6 - 18 months
Hardback Book£5.99 £9.99 40% off
Over the past few months, your baby’s motor skills have developed and become more co-ordinated. Use lift-the-flap books with large, sturdy flaps to further enhance these skills.
See Naomi opening and closing flaps with mum Tawny.
At around a year, your baby will be able to pick things up with their finger and thumb, practicing very fine motor skills. Touch and feel board books with things to feel and trace will help your baby your baby’s precision.
Many books have holes in them, let your baby try putting a finger through these, they might find it as amusing as Anaiya does!
As your little one becomes stronger and shows more co-ordination, more interactive books with tabs, wheels and push-pull elements can help your little one to master trickier movements.
An illustrated board book with shaped board pages and an interactive wheel mechanism to stimulate your baby's development. Part of the "Baby Walker" series, it features high quality illustrations by an award winning artist to encourage a lifelong love of books.
Ideal for 9 - 30 months
Other physical book£2.99 £4.99 40% off
Those little hands are now able to do a lot more and it’s a great time to master turning those fiddly paper pages. Why not try these storybooks?
Have you ever collected coupons from a cereal box? Maybe you were saving them up for a book or a toy. Well, when Dan and his brother decide to collect 100 coupons so that they can have their very own lion, they assume the task will be easy enough. How wrong can you be?! A wildly wacky story where anything can happen!
With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow, it's the quietest animal of all who saves the day! Spot the glittery ladybird on every page of this wonderful rhyming tale from the creators of the best selling "The Princess And The Wizard" and "Sharing A Shell".
Little woodpecker has just learnt how to peck and - ooh! yipee! - what fun it is! Off he goes, on his first big pecking adventure, and he peck peck pecks his little heart out. He pecks the hat and then the mat, the tennis racket AND the jacket... just LOOK at all the holes he has made.
Ideal for 24 months - 4 years
Hardback Book£7.19 £11.99 40% off
Your toddler is now able to practice a full range of movements that use those fine motor skills. Magnet books and jigsaw books are great for practicing moving small objects.
A board book that lets you mix and match the heads, bodies, and tails of ten real prehistoric animals - like the saber-tooth tiger, woolly mammoth, and Macrauchenia - in order to create almost a thousand different imaginary ones.