ISSN 2409-7616

Dolgaia N.A.



UDC 373.21

Dolgaia N.A.1 (Makhachkala, Russian Federation) – E-mail:

1Dagestan State Pedagogical University

Abstract. The article considers fine motor skills as one of the important directions in the development of preschool children. The purpose of this article is to study the possibilities of using an abacus (counting board) in the development of fine motor skills of preschool children in classes on mental arithmetic. Using abacus, children playfully acquire motor skills by applying specific actions to move the bones on the abacus, thereby stimulating the work of the two hemispheres. The article considers the main stages of the development of fine motor skills in children when working with a counting board, describes the gradual transition from simple to complex, determines the relationship of motor skills of hands and fingers with the development of a preschool child. The article presents several ways for children to work with their fingers on the abacus, which are not just chaotic movements on the abacus, but movements that correspond to certain rules of working with the instrument. It is noted that each finger has its own functions, and it is important to take this into account when organizing work with children. The influence of the instrument and its exceptional usefulness in the development of fine motor skills in children is noted. Working on the abacus is a kind of gymnastics for the fingers, which activates several systems at once – nervous, bone, muscle, visual. The problem of increasing the effectiveness of complex work on the development of fine motor skills and coordination of finger movements of children does not lose its relevance even at an older age.

Keywords: abacus, fine motor skills, memory, development, additional education.


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Dolgaia N.A. Development of fine motor skills in preschool children at courses on mental arithmetic. CITISE, 2021, no. 4, pp.137-144. DOI: