Parents know the importance of fine motor control -- especially when it comes to handwriting -- which is probably why I'm frequently asked for advice on this subject. Here's what I say...
Put your pencils down and go play on the monkeybars.
NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS
So you see, on the developmental totem pole, the hands come last.
WHAT IS FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT?
Now, that doesn't mean that your child's hands aren't active as he's growing. Young hands begin with simple, reflexive, whole-hand grasping. Over time, early reflexes integrate and the pincer grip kicks in, allowing him to use his forefinger and thumb together in unison. Each day, you'll see more and more deliberate hand and finger movements. But that's not fine motor skill -- not yet.
But writing your name isn't all in the wrist, so to speak. In fact, it involves much of whole body.
IN ORDER TO WRITE MY NAME
See how slow you can go, inching along like a caterpillar! Walk your hands out in front of you, then walk your feet up to your hands.