Remember the kids art idea we tried last week, exploring texture? Here’s what happened when we added painting on top – lovely sensory, textured experiments!
We took our favourite play dough recipe and transformed it into some fun messy play, making jam tarts for the Queen of Hearts in our Valentine bakery.
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Tip #1 Encouraging your child’s fine motor skills gets them ready for lots of things from tying shoe laces to holding a pencil.
Tip #2 If your child’s not interested in pencils try using chalkboards and sticks in sand instead. Use water and a paint brush too.
Tip #3 Fastening buttons and zips are great fine motor practice so try to allow extra time to let your child fasten up their own coat.
Tip #4 Baking helps children’s fine motor skills: as they knead dough and rub butter into flour they strengthen their fingers.
Tip #5 From around the age of three you can try using scissors: try making these paper lanterns which are great cutting practise.
Tip #6 Choose good scissors & try thin card not paper at first. Try these cutting skills ideas from TeachPreschool.
Tip #7 Lacing is great practice too. It’s easy to make your own lacing games: try this lacing apple from No Time For Flash Cards.
Tip #8 Peeling stickers is perfect for little fingers. Buy some with your favourite characters on and get sticking.
Tip #9 How about clothespegs for building finger strength? Hang up the washing or make a number line .
Tip #10 Thread a pasta necklace, fill pots using tongs, have a go with tweezers: all great ways to develop little fingers.
Does your child find buttons and zips easy to fasten? How do you help them practise?
Check out our archive for lots more fine motor skills ideas
We really enjoyed making our tissue paper suncatchers, so we decided to adapt the technique to make a bag.
We started off, as before, by laying out tissue paper on to a laminator pouch and putting it through our laminating machine. We made two of these.
Then, holding the two laminated pictures together, we hole-punched a series of holes around three sides of the pictures (so the holes were in the same place on each picture).
Using a large, blunt needle and some wool, Little stitched around the three sides to join her bag together. (Perfect to help develop fine motor skills.) We used the extra wool to make a handle.
A Little Original Design bag – just the right size to fit her library book.
Happily shared with Works For Me Wednesday