In this week's S.M.A.R.T. Tips for Parents, we’re sharing Fine Motor activities. These activities will focus on using the thumb and index finger and help develop the coordination needed for writing and self care.
Instead of throwing out old parmesan containers, keep your child entertained while you get dinner together by having them put straws in the empty container. Or give them a colander and pipe-cleaners.
Kids love playing with tools and matching nuts and bolts. This activity helps children identify sizes and develop the fine motor skills that lead to writing.
At the end of the school year we usually have quite a few pencil top erasers leftover and we love building towers, use the erasers to stack dice!
When it’s raining outside, go fishing with tweezers or a clothespin. Put small items like buttons or pom-poms in a bowl and “catch” them with tweezers or a clothespin. Once you “catch” a fish, move them into the “boat” (another container).