Fine Motor Actvities and a Freebie

A lot of my students goals include some type of fine motor drawing goal. However, many of them initially coming in aren't even ready to hold a pencil and/or crayon and begin drawing. A lot of my activities at the beginning of the year I try to include some finger strengthening activities so that the kiddos are ready to pick up that pencil and trace a vertical line or draw a simple picture or scribble.

Here are a few things we have done in the last couple of weeks that also help with other academic skills too:

1. Using clothespins helps strengthen their little fingers.
These are pumpkins with a number and dots that students have to clip the correct number of clothespins on. We also used clips to clip the one different picture. I got these particular apple cards from Karen at Prekinders. I made something similar because this was VERY challenging for my kiddos. The magnet board in the back is also offers some fine motor control because the kids have to hold the magnetic wand straight up and down to get the beads moved into the correct bucket.

2. Tearing paper. On the rakes the students tore the paper into squares and rectangles to be the leaves on the rake.

3. Using small buttons or pom-poms or other items that are small to pick up and place on something or in a container helps strengthen their little fingers. These pumpkin cards are also from Karen at Prekinders.  For some of my students that were ready they used tweezers to place the pumpkin seeds on to the pumpkins. 

4. Cutting strips of paper. The kids cut the black paper and they drew a line from the one dot to the other.

These are a few of the different activities at the beginning of the year to help strengthen their hand muscles and get ready for more complex drawing and writing their name. Here are the fall same vs. different cards I made. With some more practice hopefully they will start to be able to visually differentiate between the pictures.

Yesterday we went camping. All the campers decorate for Halloween and then the kids get to have a costume parade and then the kids get to go trick-or-treating. Ethan had a blast. He picked out his costume this year and here he is saying woo-hoo like the fire truck.
Here the kids are ready for the parade.
Ethan loving every minute of it!

We didn't spend the night because it was suppose to rain and tent camping in the rain is not the most enjoyable, but we still had a blast for the day! Have a great rest of the weekend.

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