Name: Learning Fine and Gross Motor Through Play Module II
Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. They help children perform important tasks like feeding themselves, grasping toys, buttoning and zipping clothes, writing, drawing, Fine motor skills will develop and improve as they move through childhood.
Play Doh and Putty
Playdough and putty are often used as part of heavy work. It also helps improve a child’s fine motor skills. Encourage the child to squeeze, stretch, pinch and roll “snakes” or “worms” with the play clay. You can even have the child try to cut the play dough with scissors.
Different types of painting can help strengthen the child’s hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Finger painting gives kids an opportunity to use the hand and to get messy. Painting with a brush helps to learn to hold a brush and gain greater control using it as a tool. (Paint-by-number kits are great for brush painting.)
Playing with Sponges
A new, clean sponge, some water and two bowls are all you need for another activity to build fine motor skills. Fill a bowl with water and leave the other empty. The child can soak the sponge in the water and then squeeze out the sponge into the other bowl. It’s a simple game that can strengthen hands and forearms
Divide a handful of uncooked rice cereal or beads into two plastic bowls and have an empty bowl too. Give the child small plastic tweezers/tongs. Then, have the child to transfer their rice into the empty bowl using the tweezers.
Fill a cup about a quarter full of water. Give the child an empty cup and an eyedropper/pipette. Have the child try to transfer the water from one cup to the other by drawing the water into the dropper and then dropping or squirting it into the empty cup. You could also add food coloring to the water and make this a color-mixing experiment.
Description: Play-Doh Party Pack
Description: Thera Putty
Description: Handy Art Little Maters
Description: Crayola Kids Paint Brush
Description: Pony Beads Mutli Color