Fine Motor and Handwriting Practice
Handwriting is a challenge for many Kindergartners.
Here a a few pointers:
- Make sure your child is holding the pencil correctly.
- Make sure your child is starting the formation of each letter on the top line.
- Keep the practice sessions short and fun.
More Fine Motor Information:
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
- Have your child put together small beads, Lego's, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, etc.
- 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.
- 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 with Jell-O or Cocoaon 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.