Saturday, January 16, 2016

Top 10 Creative Ideas For Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor skills are an important part of development for every child. These skills lay the foundation for many things they will need to do and learn in their school age years and beyond.
Strong Fine Motor Skills are a huge help when it comes to children learning handwriting, letter formation and cutting skills.

Fine Motor can be practiced in lots of ways and can be adapted to fit many themes in your classroom. Here are some of my favorites:

1.Glue/ Cutout Pictures (or sticker tracing): Create a line or shape of glue (or draw one for stickers) and instruct the child to "trace" the shape by placing stickers along the line given.

2. Small Object Sorting: Sorting is a skill within itself but with the use of small objects such as candy, beads, beans, counting manipulatives, students can master the pinch and place movement and learn to place things within a designated goal or area. 

3. Beading & Lacing: These are both fairly common but can be used in several ways to help a child improve their skill. Using a pipe cleaner instead of string to bead is easier for small hands and allows them to push something through the bead more easily. Another inexpensive trick for lacing is to save the backings from cardboard punch outs (often found in games or craft supplies) and use shoestrings to lace larger holes first. 

4. Clothespin Counting & Matching: You can create an endless supply of games using the concept of matching a designated clothspin to a number or picture card. Not only does this benefit fine motor skills but you can use it to co-teach another concept your class is working on. 

5.Q- Tip painting & Tracing: Using q tips and a cup of paint you can paint a variety of pictures, decorate trees, trace letters and hand drawn or printed pictures or their names.

6.Fill & Empty: For little hands both of these tasks are important to learn. Filling or stuffing colored patches or fabric, pom poms or other flexible items into a wipe container, Pringle can, or similar containers and then opening, dumping and starting over is a basic and early skill to master. 

7. Geo-board Games: Using the tradtional pegged math Geo-boards create rubber band games to teach other basic skills. This and other shape/picture making ideas Geo-boards provide will encourage the child to manipulate the rubber bands in a specific way and try new things. 

8. Tearing, Snipping, & Line & Shape Cutting: There are many techniques that encourage and enable cutting skillls. Tearing is an early skill that teaches the basic concept or ripping a specific section of paper. Once tearing is mastered it is important to allow the child to adjust to the way scissors move and cut. Let them snip at random learning how to open and close the scissors. Next work with hand drawn (or printed) lines across paper for them to follow. Make the lines straight and thick at first to allow them to feel confident in staying within the line with their cut and over time teach them to use a smaller thin or curving lines and then finally beginning to cut around shapes and pictures. 

9. Playdough Drawing & Tracing: Using print outs or hand drawn letters and pictures have children roll play dough into 'snakes' and form the letters and lines.
10. File Folder Wkst. Games: You can turn virtually any worksheet into a game by per-coloring, cutting pieces and laminating them. Matching, placing and writing on worksheets such as these helps with the fine motor skill of placing an item in a specified place.
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