Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fine Motor Activity Ideas - not just for littles - Part I

I have added Fine Motor Activities to our daily homeschool schedule because it helps with hand writing.  I even have my second grader do them with my 5 year old and my 3 year old.

I thought I would give you a few ideas for you to do too!

Magnet Pages - I bought a baking pan from the Dollar Store for - $1!  Just print whatever letter you are working on - print it on card stock and laminate it if you want it to last through multiple children.  ABC lowercase Magnet Pages from Making Learning Fun.  Make homemade pom pom magnets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Geo Board - Buy this GeoBoard and print these GeoBoard Letter cards from Making Learning Fun - card stock and laminate.  Or just make a house - either way.

Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks  

Pipe cleaners in a shaker - and/or thread pipe cleaners with wooden spools.  You can use pipe cleaners in cleaned up Parmesan cheese containers.   You can use them in colanders.  You can get color stickers and put them on the holes on the shakers and color match. 

Button snake - good for helping kids learning how to button.  You can also call out colors and have them pick the colored block and put that one on the snake.  You can get a tutorial from here.  Hot glue the button if you are allergic to sewing.

Sewing Cards - you can buy them or print them on card stock and laminate them.  Here are some you can print.

Spooning Beads - simple - two bowls, a spoon and some beads.  They can spoon from one bowl to the other.

Shoe lace card - practice shoe tying - there are many printables from here.  You know the drill - print on card stock and laminate.

Montessori "sandpaper" letters using felt - have children put their finger on the hole and trace letters.  They can make easy CVC words or you can call out a letter and they find it.  They can also spread them out on the floor and practice going from A to Z.  Here is the tutorial.  Easy!

Nuts and Bolts - the kids can just screw these on or you can play a game with them.

Alphabet lacing beads - you can get bigger ones for smaller hands.  You can make necklaces or just keep reusing these - make words - go from A-Z or put all the vowels on one.

Foam Magnetic Letter Builders: Cut the shapes from foam and let them make the letters.  I put magnets on the back so you could do it on the refrigerator or the cookie sheet.

Upper case/Lower case match up - use clothes pins, mini clothes pins or paper clips.  Find the printable at Confessions of a Homeschooler and print on card stock and laminate.

Alphabet Pattern Blocks - find the printables at Making Learning Fun.  Print on card stock and laminate.  Use on cookie sheets if you have magnetic pattern blocks.

These are a few of the ones we have.   Right now I keep them in a Zip top bag in a basket in my shelf I got from Ikea.

See the basket things

 I will be posting more soon - alphabet activities and number activities.  Do you have any favorites?


1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! So glad you posted all of them. I have a little guy who would greatly benefit from these.


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