100 Household Items for Fine Motor Skills

To you it may look like just another utensil drawer, but your house is full of tools to develop your child’s fine motor skills. Kids love to use these tools because they are “grown-up” tools and often “off-limits,” but I’m a believer in allowing our children to practice and explore while supervised. I’ve found that […]

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Twisting

Twisting items is a tricky little skill that we depend upon most often when opening containers. It is a life skill, really~you have to be able to open the milk jug or the peanut butter jar to quiet your growling stomach. Without the twisting skill, we’d all be walking around really hungry. Twisting Station Repurpose […]

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Lacing

Lacing is a classic fine motor activity for preschoolers. Manipulating the string in and out of the holes takes a lot of effort for little fingers. It strengthens dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and the pincer grasp. Sometimes this activity can be frustrating for them when the string falls out of the hole before they can grab […]

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Pinching

Pinching items and picking them up requires children to use their pincer grasp. It’s one of the first fine motor skills your child really develops as a baby, mainly to pick up Cheerios, and then they continue to use it through the “vacuum cleaner” stage when they pick up every tiny thing on the floor […]

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Cutting

Raise your hand if the thought of giving your child scissors makes you cringe! Scissors and little hands make a lot of people nervous…me included. The first few times Jonah had access to scissors it was CRAZY and I was a nervous wreck by the end of the activity. It made me want to vow […]

What Are Fine Motor Skills and Why Develop Them?

I’ll never forget my first day of teaching kindergarten in an inner-city school with struggling students, half of whom didn’t speak English when they walked in my classroom. As I supervised students working at the art table, I noticed that none of my students were holding their scissors correctly. Later in the day, I watched […]

Pound the Sound: a sensory sound game for preschoolers

In my last post, I shared about Preschool Hammer Practice using common household items. Today, we’re going to extend the activity by adding some letter sound practice! Prep your materials: Using a marker, write letters on your piece of styrofoam. You can choose target letters that you are working on, or write the entire alphabet, […]

Preschool Hammer Practice

One of Jonah’s favorite things to do is practice using a hammer…preschool style. If we’re working in the basement, he often asks for this activity to work alongside of us. This is a trick I learned while I was in college and kids love it! Preschool Hammer Practice Materials: Recycled piece of Styrofoam Golf Tees […]

Mommy & Me: Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Snow is a precious commodity around our region. We get snow, just not very often. Nor does it stay around very long once it finally snows. So, we often have to make our own. Enter…Coffee Filter Snowflakes. Jonah still needs LOTS of practice with scissors. LOTS. He keeps wanting to rotate his hand like a […]