We are always looking for fun, creative ways to practice and strengthen our fine motor skills. With Halloween just around the corner, we have set up lots of new themed fine motor activities. Here are some of the new works that are out on our shelves.
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This activity requires concentration and a steady hand as the children carefully scoop eyeballs (plastic, don’t worry!) from one bowl and drop them into another. We encourage the transferring to go from left to right just as they will be reading and writing in the future.
Vertical Bead Threading
Last week, we found a large block of wood on the playground and hammered in a group of nails to make a nature-inspired fine motor activity. Once again, concentration is needed to properly align the bead hole with the nail and stack the beads. Removing the beads requires even more concentration in order to keep them from spilling. We have been noticing a few of the Seashells counting as they stack the beads onto the nails.
Pom Pom & Pumpkin Scooping
Both of these activities reinforce the skill of one-to-one correspondence, which is an important preschool math skill. Each tray has a space for a certain number of items. Then each item is placed in one of the spaces.
This activity is great for strengthening finger grip, which is needed for future writing. Sometimes it takes practice to develop the necessary strength to pinch and grasp objects using tongs and tweezers, but practice makes perfect!
Halloween Ring Stringing
This stringing activity exercises both fine motor and sorting abilities. The Seashells sort the Halloween rings by color and string them on the matching pipe cleaner.