Fine Motor Skills Development
Lots of great ideas for teaching fine motor skill development to mostly Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first graders. Visit me at www.heidisongs.com, or at my blog…
This is my "Fine Motor Kit”: just a tub filled with tongs, grabbers, tweezers of different sizes, and lots of interesting objects to try to pick up. And combining this with counting activities is a win-win! I have had a Fine Motor Kit in my classroom since the first year that I taught Kindergarten, in 1993. I find it interesting that since it "lives" on our toy shelf, a few children will choose to play with it nearly every single day. It's just fun, and it's so good for the fine motor skills!
Pencil Grip Help: "Wrap a hair tie as shown. Kids get used to doing it themselves quickly. It gently forces them to hold the pencil in the open web of their hands and the pencil with their fingertips. Do this for a few weeks, then remove the ties. By then it's become habit to hold a pencil correctly. Kids that have weak fine motor muscles in their hands are going to struggle, so do strengthening activities. That helps with control and neatness when writing." From a friend's FB post.