The King’s Jewels

Fine motor activities develop slowly in young children. Because of this, it is imperative that they are constantly exposed to experiences that enable them to practice these important skills. They are an important precursor to writing. Using jewels and worksheets, your little one placed jewels to make the letter K!

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Chopsticks and Peanuts

There are several creative ways to teach young children about different cultures. By using chopsticks, your little one is gaining insight into the traditions of different countries around the world. Because we were learning about protein this week, we practiced picking peanuts up with our chopsticks! This activity fostered your little one’s fine motor development and hand-to-eye coordination skills.

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Baking Bread with Clay

When young children are given clay, they are instinctively motivated to explore its responsive sensory qualities. As they poke it, squeeze it, and pound it, the clay responds. For a preschooler, this empowers them to continue experimenting! As they experiment, they recognize that their actions have consequences. Their curiosity continues to empower their learning experience, as they construct and reconstruct a variety of shapes and forms. Before we began this activity, we discussed how bread was made. With pictures and a simple story, your little one was introduced to each step of the process. They were then encouraged to bake their own bread! By doing this, they applied their understanding of a concept, and continued to develop their hand eye coordination and the small muscles in their hands.

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Q-Tip and Bingo Dauber Writing!

We have been doing several activities with the letter B, and one of our favorite community helpers, the baker! Using Q-tips and bingo dauber worksheets, we practice placing points of color into each circle. This simple activity accessed several developmental domains. By holding the Q-tips, your little one continued to practice how they manipulate a writing utensil, an important precursor to writing. Q-tips are unique addition to this practice because they force your budding writer to focus on the fingers weakest in the formation of the tripod grasp. Your little one also continued to hone their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and their ability to concentrate and follow-through on a task!

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B is for Bugs

Every spring, migrating birds return to areas affected by snow and cold weather. These birds feast on the great flood of insects that return at the same time. Using tweezers, plastic bugs, and plastic grass, we pretended to be birds looking for these scrumptious treats. Before we began this activity, we talked about why bugs are important during this time of year. Your little one learned that a wide variety of flowering plants and songbirds owe their existence to these tiny creatures. They not only pollinate plants, but transport organic compounds throughout the soil. This activity encouraged fine motor development, the application of new subject matter, and hand-eye coordination.

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Fine Motor Hearts

Using beads, tweezers, and heart-shaped vases, we continued to hone our fine motor skills!

Using the tweezers helps your little ones continue their mastery of the pincer grasp, and placing the hearts into the vase encourages concentration, and hand eye coordination.

Young children often have difficulty in manipulating a variety of utensils required for fine motor control, but providing them with this variety helps improve awareness of their hand.