Nonna's Favorite Quotes:

Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eye-Hand Coordination Activities Part 2

We discussed gross motor skills activities in the last post. Now, as promised, here are four simple things you can do at home to help your children develop their fine motor skills.

You'll need: Playdough, clothespins, pasta and paper, along with scissors and a glue stick.

These exercises are designed to improve the fine motor skills, hand strength and dexterity of preschool and kindergarten children. They encourage the hand muscles to be used in a way that makes it easy to develop a correct pencil grasp. It is extremely important for young children to move through the different stages of pencil grasp development in order to learn to write. Click on the link below to learn more about pencil grasp development.

Pencil Grasp Development


Playdough:  Playdough is your child's best friend. They can roll it, stretch it, squeeze it, pound it, squash it, mold it and cut it! 

Working with Playdough, or clay, is excellent for developing coordination, as well as strengthening the hand and wrist muscles.

Clothespins: Use the kind that you have to pinch to open. Place various light objects in a box or bowl or just lay them out on the table or floor. Your children use the clothespin to pick out certain items. (Example: Pick up all of the red things. Pick up all of the round things.) Always encourage your child to use their thumb and first two fingers to pinch open the clothespins.

You can also uses clothespins like building blocks. Your little ones can join them together to make just about anything they can imagine. And how about a puppet show! You can cut out pictures of family members or animals, etc. and hold them with the clothespins to make puppets.

Pasta:  Cook up a half pound of spaghetti (don't overcook it) and let it cool. (Move it around occasionally as it cools so it doesn't stick together.) Place a pile of spaghetti on the table or in a bowl in front of your child. Give them a pair of kids scissors and let them go. Have your child pick up the spaghetti with one hand and cut little pieces off with the other.

Encourage your child to hold their scissors correctly. Show them how to place their thumb in the upper hole, and their first two fingers (index and middle) in the lower hole. Have them practice picking up and holding the scissors.

Paper:  Do your children love to tear things up? Mine did. So put your child's tearing skills to good use. Have your child tear sheets of colored paper into various sizes and shapes. Then have a glue stick handy for them to paste these pieces onto another piece of paper to make a picture or a greeting card.

You can also get out the crayons or markers and have them draw on their creation too. And as long as you have the glue stick handy... rub the glue stick on selected parts and sprinkle on some glitter!

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