Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fine Motor Skills Activities: Part 8

To repeat what I said during "Fine Motor Skills Activites: Part 1":
"I have been busy lately doing activities with my kids that are more learning-type activities and not as blog friendly as kids crafts. I wanted to do a series of post about fine motor skills though because that is something we have been focusing on at my house. My daughter started kindergarten this (last) year and I spent so much time before kindergarten making sure that she knew her letters, sounds, shapes, colors, starting basic reading and site words, etc that in retrospect I didn't probably spend as much time on fine motor activities like writing her name and scissors as I should have. She is a little behind in those categories so I searched the internet for a variety of activities I could do with her that would help her fine motor skills that were fun activities and not just practicing writing letters and scissor cutting (although we do that too). I thought maybe this might be helpful for someone else in my same position. I actually made a little fine motor activities bin that we work from and she just gets to pick activities from it and the best part is she gets excited about it and doesn't know she is 'working'. "

-Melty beads
-Metly beads template
-Paper to put over the melty beads that you iron on (ours came with our melty beads set)

I knew this project was going to take some time and be just a bit harder for my daughter because of the fine motor skills required. (Just as an update, she is improving all the time, still is a bit weak in her fine motor skills, but all these activities and others have helped A LOT!)
I had bought some of these buffet trays from the dollar store to use for a couple different learning things we do, but they were also just perfect to use to pour our melty beads into to use more easily.
There is the great pincher grasp that I like to talk about being important for working on fine motor skills. See all those little pegs she had to put a bead on, that was a lot of pincher grasps. :)
What I loved was that it kept her interest until the very end of the project. It took her a full hour to place all those beads, but how great that she finished it and got all that fine motor in.
It looked too fun for me not to make one too, so here is mine.
Place paper protector over the beads. Iron (as directed).
Pull paper off and place on the opposite side and iron again.
They loved doing it. We had to make more a couple days later.
Our finished product!

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