Teacher Tuesday: Fine Motor Skills!

Last week, the teachers at my school got to attend a class that was about teaching writing skills to pre-k aged students. This was the first of a three part session, and I cannot wait to learn more! Session 1 focused primarily on fine motor skills, as that is the first step to developing writing skills. I got to explore a variety of fine motor activities which inspired me to create a fine motor center in my classroom. finemotor2

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This area used to be the “discovery center” however I noticed the students were tiring of  the activities that were in the buckets.

This new center will be facilitated by a teacher, as I really want my students to get the correct usage out of these activities. Of course I want the students to have fun, however I still want them to work on those fine motor skills CORRECTLY.

Here are just a few of the activities in the fine motor center:

Pin the Spider on the Web!

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This activity is pretty easy to figure out. The students will roll a die and count how many spiders will be pinned on. The kiddos will get a lot of fine motor practice using their fingers to open up the tiny clothes pins. Plus they get to work on their counting skills!

Finger Race Track

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The students practice their fine motor skills by placing their finger on top of the car and moving it along the track. I created a variety of different tracks that require different movements.

Sort the Pompoms!

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Students will sort the pompoms by color. The fine motor skills will be put in place by the kiddos using tweezers to pick up the poms. I am in the process of looking for better tweezers, as the ones in the photo don’t open very wide.

Trim the Tree

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This will be a fun seasonal fine motor activity for the kiddos. I bought a tiny christmas tree that the students can hang ornaments and lights on. They can also place the presents underneath the tree. Hanging the tiny ornaments will use a lot tiny muscles in the hands, which is why this activity is in my fine motor center.

Scissor Practice

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3 and 4 year olds need A LOT of practice with scissors!

A Few More Buckets:

Students put the change in the piggy bank and then sort the different coins in the muffin tray.

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Well there you have it. My fine motor center at a glimpse. I look forward to using these activities and adding different activities throughout the year!

Tune in tomorrow for What I Wore [to Work] Wednesday!

♥ Katie

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