Easy and fun Fine Motor Activities to do with Kids

As a pre-school teacher I am always on the look out for new , easy and interesting ideas to develop fine -motor skills in children ,yet keep them entertained and busy . Fine Motor activities are often just categorized as Sand play, Block play , Clay play and Painting . However there is a lot more innovative ideas a teacher can encourage and get children to explore with their fingers to develop this skill .

I searched the net and found a few ideas worth sharing to young moms and pre school teachers

1.Clothesline

This is a simple activity where clothes pegs are given to children to squeeze and pin up small clothing on a given clothesline . here they are enjoyin g the activity and enhancing their pincer muscles . Clothes of Barbie or small dolls can be used alternating with clothes cut out of felt or scrap cloth . Expense – Very minimal

pinning up small dresses on a clothesline with pegs
pinning up small dresses on a clothesline with pegs

2.Plate Sewing .

Take a thermocol plate and punch a few holes in it. Take a piece of yarn attach it to a plastic needle and let each child go up and down making different patterns with the yarn . An excellent activity for eye hand co ordination too

Sewing yarn on a thermocol plate
Sewing yarn on a thermocol plate

3. Fun with Droppers

You need to ask parents and source out eyedroppers or medicine droppers for yr next activity . A dropper needs precision to be pressed and this skill is not mastered easily by all ,however very enjoyable as it included color and water

using a dropper to pick up colored water and squeezing it out
using a dropper to pick up colored water and squeezing it out

4. Insect Wrapping

I found this activity best of all. Here a child is given some creepy crawlies and is asked to wind a piece of yarn arround it . At first maybe the child will need help but later he is master this skill and enjoy it thoroughly .

yarn around the insect
yarn around the insect
The list is endless. Remember that children have different interests.
Some gravitate to the art area, while others like
to build with blocks, use construction tools,
turn the pages of a book, do puzzles, dabble at
the sand and water table, or play with cooking
utensils and dress-up clothes.The play way method being the best for kids who enjoy while learning .
I am so excited with my post that I feel I can research and do another blog post on this. The possibities are endless and the results with kids are just to satisfying when I see their happy faces .

 

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