There's a lot of buzz about fine motor
activities for young children online. I started to really focus on it
when I had a struggling writer. I became intentional in providing
opportunities every day to strengthen the muscles need for writing.
Eventually it became obvious that his motor issues extended beyond the
scope of normal and we've since been exploring other information to help
him. Another blog, another day.
HOWEVER, every child needs to
practice fine motor skills. It plays a huge part in handwriting but also
every day activities like tying shoes and using scissors. I have
compiled a group of activities that we often use and hopefully I will
continue to add to them as we come up with new ones !
|finger writing in sand|
|Scooping and pouring|
|working the pincer grasp|
|vary your tools|
|not just for Easter|
|Your classics are still new to your kids !|
|Mix it up for different seasons or colours|
It is really helpful to cut a variety of materials. Start with a stiffer card stock , old playing cards or straws that require almost no control of the assisting hand.
|an open ended experience|
|Stretching and strengthening|
|So many transferable skills are learned|
|A balancing act|
|Squeezing water filled sponge cubes|
|changing the angle can often help|
|Change it up|
|Button snakes can be made for different themes too|
|scraps for weaving|