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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tools in Fine Motor Skill Development

Fine motor skills can be developed with so many tools that you have around your house.  We love playing in creative ways to work on fine motor skills.  The Share It Saturday features this week share great ways to work on fine motor skills with tools you can find around the house.

Great tips to work on improving fine motor skills in kids with simple tools you can find around the house.


Tools for Fine Motor Skills


Work on scissor skills with a bunch of fun ideas from Living Montessori Now
Use broken crayons (Planting Peas) to work on a more mature grasp on the crayons when coloring which will then encourage a tripod grasp on the pencil when writing.
Something as simple as dropper (The Practical Mom) can improve intrinsic musle strength of the hand. This is so important for endurance in fine motor tasks like coloring.

Use stacking toys like Stackadoos (Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails) to work on precision, coordination, and opposition of the thumb to stack and build with graded movements.
Work on handwriting with tools from a pencil kit (BJ's Homeschool)

Some of our favorite ways to play and work on fine motor skills:
Fine Motor Play with Tissue Paper using tissue paper
Fine Motor Play With Crafting Pom Poms using crafting poms
Cereal Box Fine Motor Coordination Activity using a cereal box and straws
DIY Lacing Cards using styrofoam

In Hand Manipulation Ideas for Kids using water beads and recycled bottles
Manipulating Coins Fine Motor Skills using coins
Using Pipe Cleaners for Fine Motor Skills using pipe cleaners

Fine Motor Table Top Play with Tape with masking tape
Golf Tee Hammering with golf tees
Honey Bee Pinch Pins using clothes pins
Invitation to Scoop and Pour with spoons
Spring Themed Play Dough Press with cookie cutters


More tools to use in fine motor skill development:
tweezers
tongs
beads
toothpicks
hole puncher
peg boards
lacing cards

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The Share It Saturday Pinterest board has loads of fun ideas for play and learning.