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

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Get Moving

I've received several requests for another activity sheet that helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Mastering these two skills are very important when it comes time for a child to learn to write. But from tying a shoelace to buttoning a coat, these skills will be needed everyday for the rest of your child's life.

The term "hand-eye coordination" is defined as the ability of the body's visual system to take in information through the eyes, process it in the brain, and then direct movement to the hands. This complex interaction between the brain, eyes, and limbs is essential in the performance of daily functional tasks. Each child will develop at their own pace, but most skills are learned best by repetition. (I'm sure you've head this old joke,  Question: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer: Practice, practice, practice.")  

Children will always benefit from coordination and fine motor activities. Watch for the child who avoids activities that require these skills. Avoidance can mean that they have poor coordination and are more comfortable with larger toys instead of coloring and cutting activities.

I've named the activity sheet below "Get Moving". I'm a strong believer in physical activity for children and adults. I think it's good for the body AND the mind. All the children in the pictures are involved in some kind of activity. Ask your child if they can name what the children are doing and then have them act out the movements associated with the activity.Then with a pencil or crayon, have them start at the GO sign and follow the arrows until they reach STOP. Have fun!

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.