fine motor

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.

       

      Handwriting Practice