There are many little and not so little fine motor tasks that we, as adults, just do. Once we learned how to.............maybe by watching, maybe by experimenting, maybe by being told.....................the movements became automatic and now we don't have to think about how to do it.
When a child does not pick it up easily, the trick is to look at what you do. Slow down your thinking and observe each tiny movement, where each finger is placed, and the direction of the pressure you apply. Then you are in a better position to explain to your child.
One such little task is that of taking off a bread bag tag.
1. Sit the bread bag upright,
2. Hold the plastic end of bag up with left hand.
3. Place right hand thumb on top of the tag in the middle.
4. Place right hand index finger under the right hand corner of the tag.
5. Apply a little pressure in the thumb and at the same time, push the right hand corner of the tag towards self with the index finger. Balance the pressure between thumb and index finger.
6. The tag comes off.
7. To put the tag back on: Spin the bread so that the top plastic turns to make a tight cord, holding the top with one hand and pushing it to spin with the other. Continue to hold the top plastic with one hand, rest the bread upright on the bench or table, position the tag in the middle of the plastic cord holding it with thumb and index finger and push it on.