With this weeks photographs we hope to give you ideas on how to aid your children’s writing skills. Most of these skills do not even involve a writing tool.
Many movements that are done in everyday life help your child to develop without you even realising. You might teach your child to unscrew a lid or take a tissue from a box, little things like this are a huge help because they aid fine motor skills.
Here is a snapshot of our week:
Eating small items of food with our fingers
Cutting and manipulating playdough
Stacking toys or objects
Pouring liquids. This could be playing with yogurt pots and spoons in the bath
Balancing small items to build a tower
Drinking or blowing bubbles through a straw
Using tweezers or easy to use chop sticks to pick up small objects
Using tweezers or fingers and thumbs to roll small objects down a tube. You could use sultanas to roll down a kitchen roll tube
We swirled in Gelli Baff. At home you could mix flour with a little water on a tray
Many nursery rhymes cause us to wriggle our fingers. Here we’re singing Tommy Thumb
Point to the words as you read a story
Children quickly learn to point to the words. which is the beginning of a life of reading
Finger painting using an unused ice-cube tray with some unexpected farm animals to gallop across the page
Paint in a sealed bag can cause a stir!
Dressing and nursing dolls
Manipulating jigsaw puzzles
Swirling and swishing the sand. Again this could be flour on a tray
Using glue sticks to be creative
Posting small objects is even more fun when you race with a friend
Using small objects to make a picture
Building a train track
Making a decorative den for dinosaurs
These are just a few ideas to improve your child’s fine motor skills through play.
The children initiated lots of hide and seek games this weeks too:
Hide and seek is fun!
Finally a huge thank you to the lovely Mummy who made us a pumpkin pinata . We had a lot of fun breaking it…
Mummy’s pumpkin pinata