Fine Motor
  • 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.
    • Finger paint on a paper plate.
    • Use small marshmallows and toothpicks to form letters.
    • String, popcorn, buttons, beads to make necklaces.
    • Using a hole-punch let your child create a design on a piece of paper.
    • Have your children clip clothespins to a container.
    • Have children lace cards.