Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor skills are something that we are ALWAYS working on at preschool.  We have to exercise these muscles so our hands can get strong enough and coordinated enough to hold our pencils properly! Of course we could just practice coloring or writing all the time, but there are so many other fun ways to gain muscle control.

PomPoms and Squeeze Tongs

Below are pictures of the boys linking together some chains. I found these at the Dollar Tree and they are originally intended for making necklaces and such.  However with the different colors and shapes they are perfect for sorting, matching and patterns.  Today we were just trying to figure out how they work. Linking them together was fairly easy, but pulling them back apart, took a lot more coordination and patience. The open slots of both links had to be lined up before you pulled them apart or the links would just snap! 

Linking Chains
Comparing Chains

Dollar Tree Chain Links

These travel size spray bottles with watered down paint
 are perfect for using those 
arm and hand muscles

This is NOT easy!

                                                 Picky Eating (Toothpicks that is...)

After all that exploring and experimenting, we sure worked up an appetite.  Pineapple and Cheez-its are a lot more fun with toothpicks. Little did the children know that they were once again practicing the "pincer grip" which they will need to become skilled writers!

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