- Holding a pen or pencil properly
- Drawing pictures and writing letters neatly
- Using a keyboard
- Handling scissors, ruler and other tools in school
But we know it goes beyond that for our young learners. Your kindergartener might still be figuring out how to tie their shoes, pour their own cereal, open a fruit snack and maybe even how to unsnap that tiny button on a frustrating jacket.
Of course, the best way to get better at these things are to, well, try and practice. But we know these activities lose a young student’s attention pretty quickly. Plus, you can always work on developing those small muscles to make these milestones much easier to accomplish–in a way they will love!
Primavera Special Education Teacher Lisa Naramorre shared with us a few of the activities she loves to do with kids that are fun with a purpose! They can help with brain and fine motor skills development.
Here are the activities to do this summer with your child as recommended by Mrs. Narramore.
1. Tornado in a bottle
This classic craft is more than just fun. It’s educational and helps kids form grip strength as they lift and turn the bottle. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1 – Use the funnel to put 3-4 tablespoons of glitter in an empty glass jar.
Helpful Tip: The more glitter you use, the better you will be able to see the tornado.
Step 2 – Next, fill the jar about 3/4 full of water.
Step 3 – Put the lid back on the jar
Step 4 – Turn the bottle upside down and quickly move the bottle in a circular motion for 10-15 seconds.
Step 5 – Finally, set the bottle down on the table and observe the tornado that has formed.
2. Fine Motor Man
Art crafts are a great way to develop fine motor skills, and this fine motor man has it all! Cutting thin lines, drawing, coloring and using glue. Here’s how to make your fine motor character:
Step 1 – Begin by coloring the top 1/3 of the toilet paper roll.
Step 2 – Draw on a face below the hair.
Step 3 – Cut the hair into thin strips using the safety scissors.
Note: It might be easiest to hold the tube from the opposite end while cutting. Watch how your child holds it to make sure he or she has safe hand placement.
Step 4 – Fluff out the hair and decorate as desired.
3. Jellyfish Windchime
Materials needed- plastic cup, paper clips, crazy/googly eyes, glue, string, a safe tool for poking holes