Fine Motor Skills
Fine Motor is small movement of the hand. Strong fine motor skills are crucial when learning to write. If you would like to help your child strengthen his/her skills at home, here are some suggestions:
- Cut pictures out of newspapers or magazines. You can take a large black marker and draw a line around the picture to give a guideline.
- Have your child put together small beads, Lego’s, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, etc.
- Knead Play dough or clay. Build objects with them.
- Hide small objects in the Play dough and have your child find them.
- Play pegboard games.
- Gather small objects from around the house (small buttons, beads, etc), place them in a container and have your child pick them up off the floor with a pair of tweezers and place them back in the container.
- Play with any toys that contain manipulation of small pieces
- Let your children squirt water bottle outdoors on the sidewalk. Colored water looks great on the snow.
- Use a meat baster and have a cotton ball race across the table with your child.
- Use small marshmallows and toothpicks to form letters.
- String popcorn, buttons and beads to make necklaces.
- Have your children clip clothespins to a container.
- Have children lace cards.