If your child is hates to color or write and is struggling to hold a pencil or write letters and numbers, there is a good chance that he or she is lacking in fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are those activities that allow you to better do things such as writing and manipulating small objects.
- Purchase or make your own.
- Add some scissors, rolling pins, and extra equipment such as rollers and cookie cutters.
- Cut playdoh or clay.
- Cut up old magazines and junk mail. This process will make a mess but can easily be cleaned up with a broom and dustpan. Sometimes learning is messy!!
- Practice cutting different shapes
- Help the child draw around their hand and let them cut it out
- Cotton balls, paper, tissue, wax paper
- Buy some beads to thread or use some colored pasta and string. This activity requires a lot of control and a steady hand.
- Create patterns by beading with Primary Lacing Beads or by threading fruit loops onto spaghetti pieces stuck vertically into play dough .
- Lacing Beads & ABC Lacing Beads - Combine the alphabet with fine motor skills.
- Free Paper Doll Printables @ Activity Village
- Start with larger blocks like Duplo Legos and move toward the smaller variety.
- Board games with pieces and parts to pick up and move are ideal for developing fine motor coordination.
- Jenga is a strategy game using fine motor skills that particularly focuses on the pincher grip, which is used in writing.
- Connect Four or Battleship - Allow your child to create patterns and count the disc and pegs
- Pour water between containers.
- Squeeze a sponge full of water.
- Children learn to draw by copying. Start with lines and progress to simple shapes.
- Use a Stetro Grip to help with holding a pencil correctly
- Dot-to-Dot worksheets help in pencil control
- Play “Draw What I Draw” – have your child draw what you draw and then reverse. Keep shapes very simple.
- Give your child different shaped objects to draw around. You can also make these out of cardboard.
- Highlights Puzzle Buzz - filled with puzzles and activities of all kinds
- Blow bubbles outside and have your child try and catch or pop the bubbles. For more difficulty, have your child try and catch a bubble on a bubble wand.
- Blow bubbles during bathtub, in the tub. It keeps all of the sticky mess in the tub and is a delight for the little ones! Thanks , Rhonda .
- Provide the child with several nuts and bolts to put together. Using golf tees, allow the child to hammer them into Styrofoam.
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