Throwback Thursday

I am going to share one of my fine motor posts from October. There are lots of activities that can be done and that you may be able to incorporate into your classroom.  Make sure to link up for Throwback Thursday with The First Grade Parade.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Fine Motor Activities

Many of my little ones really struggle with fine motor skills. Here are a couple of activities to help them improve! Drawing vertically is great for strengthening their wrist to hold the writing utensil correctly. Here the students are drawing a person on a chalkboard. Also, using small pieces of crayons or chalk help the students to use their fingers rather than grasping the utensil.

Before drawing a person we practiced matman with the individual foam matmen I made.

Here the students are using the yoga ball and they pushed it back to Ms. Nancy our OT with both hands (hands opened, not fists). They also practiced sitting on their bottoms, placing their hands flat on the carpet and holding their legs up. Ms. Nancy would roll the ball to the kids and they would push it back with their legs.  

Here they rolled on to the ball and walked with their hands to get a jack-o-lantern and place it into the larger jack-o-lantern.

Our OT is awesome and has taught me a lot on how to help my kids to strengthen their core and their hands for writing and better posture.


Here is a picture of the large matman.

This is from Handwriting Without Tears Cd Song #8. We build matman daily in the morning class and the small ones used at centers are great for reinforcement.

Have a great Thursday!


  1. Love the fine motor post! Thanks for throwing back to that. :) I'm your newest follower!


    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  2. Great ideas! We use HWT also. I never thought to make individual mat men. Guess I better start cutting foam pieces!
    Preschool Wonders


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