Fine motor development may be a term you have seen on your Pinterest feed – perhaps including the title of this article! A simple Google search for fine motor development activities will produce more than 9 million hits. Therefore, you may ask… why is fine motor development important?
Fine motor development refers to the development of the muscles in your child’s hand and fingers. Gaining control and agility in these types of movements is essential for future life skills such as writing, cutting, buttoning, zipping, and tying shoes. Each age group has specific fine motor needs and skills that parents and teachers can encourage and foster.
At Crown of Life Christian Academy, our VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) teachers focus on fine motor development at the four and five year old child’s level. Activities are created to develop proper grips and movements to prepare each student to be able to use a tripod grip needed for writing and give the child dexterity to use scissors with accuracy.
Feel free to try out some of our favorite fine motor activities with your child at home or encourage your CoLCA student to teach you these activities that they have learned in school!
Pre-traced name of the child
Our VPK students begin every school day by signing in. It gives them a responsibility and promotes early writing and fine motor skills. They trace their dotted name on the paper and sign in as the parent does his or her job of officially signing them in. As the school year goes on, dotted letters are gradually removed until they can write their entire name properly on their own. Such a fun way to see their progress throughout the school year!
The child becomes Dada or Mama Bird, pinches the worm in his or her beak, and feeds the babies within the cup.
Draw shapes, letters, numbers, or the child’s name on the placemat with a marker. Have the child lay on a carpet and poke the toothpick through the paper to trace along the draw lines. When finished, be sure to hold it up to the light and see all of the holes adding sparkle to the shape!
Tissue Paper Pumpkins
Various Colored Tissue Paper
Scissors for kids
Paper or paper plate
Give the child some paper, perhaps with a shape on it, and allow them to cut up small squares and spread glue onto the paper. Right now, with our pumpkin parties just a few short weeks away, we are making pumpkins to decorate our hallways!
Let the imagination take hold and open your own post office! Cut out small letters, write or draw on each, and then slip the paper through the slot. So many fine motor activities within one imaginative game!
Medium or Large Beads
Stringing beads onto a pipe cleaner is an easy way to develop fine motor skills and also give the child a fun craft, creating bracelets or ornaments. Encourage a pattern of colors to make fun candy cane ornaments for your Christmas tree. Since it is Fall, our current theme is pumpkins!
Let us know your favorite fine motor development activities! Our teachers are always looking for new and exciting ideas for the classrooms.