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Parents that are teachers will love you for it!
You may be missing out on developing one of the most crucial skills for a young child if there is no fine motor work in your pre-school & school-aged recreation lesson plans. Not to mention, it’s a great way to keep little ones busy as a waiting station. The pencil grip (involving the thumb, index and middle fingers) can be easily worked into stations or circuits. Here are a few ideas:
- Use for counting skills performed. For example, after each cartwheel pull a pin and clip to the bucket.
- Practice counting, with a baby abacus made with string under a high beam.
Bubble wrap (who doesn’t love this stuff?!)
- Used as a side or waiting station, let them pop away.
Other fine-motor work ideas:
- Using tongs to pick up small toys and put into buckets
- Plastic eggs filled with numbers on pieces of paper; Grab an egg, open & do the skill that many times.
- Theraband toe crunchers; pull the band with your toes until it’s gone.
- Picking up toys with their toes.
- Don’t forget we can let them pull those stickers off themselves or put that special stamp on at the end of class.
As with most of my pre-school ideas, I’ve found ways to incorporate adaptations into pre-team and team. Clothes pins are a perfect fit for bars cables!