Fine motor skills are so crucial for the child to learn to write. Maria Montessori also pointed out that the development of the fine motor is directly connected to the development of the brain. Many fine motor activities are practical and represent work that is usually done in real life.
This is the reason why it is quite simple for parents and teachers to create practical fine motor learning experiences – most of the time they use objects and things found at home and everyday items. Also, LEGO play and playdough and plasticine activities, painting, and drawing help children exercise their finger muscles.
Fine Motor activities can be divided into several different types. Let’s have a look at some examples of matching, grading, and sorting. Simple grains, buttons, small manipulatives like beads, and marbles will do a great job. These types of activities always must be done with adults’ supervision as they can become a choking hazard.
Spooning and transferring are always loved by children. You often can spot gorgeous ceramic, wooden bowls and plates, small baskets, and jewelry boxes together with chopsticks and beautiful spoons used to make these activities more attractive. Generally, you can purchase many of these items in thrift shops and markets. Water fine motor exploration is also a lot of fun for kids.
In addition, the metal insets, stencils, puzzle piece tracing, and art activities for kids – are a few more examples of different ways to develop and build fine motor skills.
Here are some examples of fine motor exercises you may like to practice with your students.
The other day we used some loose parts and our free printable alphabet pages to practice some of the letters Noah has trouble remembering. We had so much fun with that simple loose parts activity that I decided to make some pattern pages to play with too.
All my kids loved to thread stuff when they were little. Sometimes we made necklaces or bracelets, sometimes cool sun-catchers or things to hang, and sometimes just for the challenge and enjoyment of threading all kinds of little bits and pieces onto a string or similar.
Learning how to sew on burlap is a great sewing lesson for beginners. One of my favorite activities as a child was sewing burlap with yarn. I loved practicing embroidery stitches and making elaborate pictures that I cherished for years.
There are amazing non-fiction works of literature available on Africa that help to lay a wonderful background for learning about all the different aspects of the continent. With interactive and tactile activities children absorb all the fascinating facts and gain deep Geographical knowledge about the continent whilst working on enhancing their concentration skills, literacy, numeracy, and fine motor skills.
One of the great advantages for children who grow up in Montessori inspired environment – is exposure to real-life materials and tools. The secret is to allow children the opportunity and freedom to experience the benefits of simple everyday tasks we, adults do so effortlessly, in a safe environment without being rushed.
Pushpin (or pin poking) activity is one of the popular fine motor activities in the Montessori classroom. I would like to share with you different ways to use pins and pin poking which greatly benefit the child’s development. You will find that pins are often used in activities for different purposes.
We have been having so much fun with our ladybug unit study. I can’t wait to share all of the fun activities we have been doing. Ladybugs just seems like the perfect thing to enjoy and learn about in the spring and summer. I hope these fun count and clip cards bring a little sunshine and luck into your days.
This sewing craft makes a perfect Valentine's Crafts for Preschoolers – not only does it look pretty, is EASY, but also is great for fine motor skills development. You can’t really “go wrong – the kids can work on this sewing craft whichever way they want. And it is a great introduction to sewing skills for young kids.
Match the Dots Printables for Alphabet Letters, Numbers and Shapes is a great activity for fine motor development, control and concentration. It is also a great way to introduce children to learning letters, numbers and shapes.
This is such a simple activity. You don’t have to buy anything new! All you need are two bowls and a sponge. We used a little one, but a bigger one might work better because more water can be transferred at once.
Walking by the Way has a creative set of free sandbox writing cards for pre-writing available for you to download. Simply print the cards, set up a small sandbox area, and have your child “write” in the sand.
A girl is working on learning her numbers. Although she can count to 10, she only recognizes a few numbers. I have been trying to come up with creative ways to help her practice number recognition and number ordering. I created this activity, which I call Put the Numbers on the Clothesline, to capitalize on her interest in all things domestic to give her some additional practice.
I hate to throw away my flowers once they get old, so I’ve discovered ways to use them for Montessori-inspired activities. Today, I want to share an after Mother’s Day flower petal transfer activity that can be adapted for toddlers or preschoolers. It’s perfect for after Mother’s Day, your birthday, Valentine’s Day, or your anniversary … any time you have roses.
During our preschool seed theme I put together a seed tray for the kids to explore. They each used the tray in different ways, and it gave us a lot of opportunities to practice fine motor skills, engage in math activities, and discuss the properties of seeds.
Use recycled materials to create 4 homemade toys for babies and toddlers! They are simple to make, cost very little to put together and are great for promoting fine and gross motor skills, concentration, curiosity and cause and effect, amongst other benefits.
Most school programs offer fine motor skills development, but there are also a wealth of simple steps parents and caregivers can take at home to help enhance these skills. Here are five fun, developmentally appropriate ideas to encourage these skills using basic household supplies and water.
As you know, building fine motor skills starts at an early age. Furthermore, it allows little ones to set the foundations for learning, coordination, and performing everyday tasks. These tasks can involve fun activities for kids!