In class we have been working on activities that develop fine motor control.
“Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They involve strength, fine motor control, and dexterity.” by Ann Logsdon, Learning about Fine Motor Skills and How to Improve Them.
Why do we engage students in activities that build fine motor control? We do so to make holding a pencil easier, to help develop printing skills and cutting skills. If a student has a poor pencil grip and isn’t strong enough to hold the pencil correctly, their concentration and muscle control focuses on that area instead of the actual writing task. We work to develop fine motor control to make art tasks easier, writing numbers and letters faster and easier for students. Students also require fine motor control to make movement of manipulatives in math easier too. Patterning, sorting, graphing and counting all involve moving objects.
Here are some things we have done in class to help strengthen their fine motor control.
Here the students are using tongs to transfer objects. They created a game and raced to see who could pick up the most objects in a given time. Counting and colour recognition was also practiced during this task.
Picking up elastics with tongs is a great way to develop the pincer grasp.
Students trace over the felt letters to practice correct letter formation.
Apps such as Doodle Buddy, Alphabet Tracer, Skywriter, Chalk, SnowDrift and Glow Draw all involve touching and manipulating objects or lines.
Squeezing objects such as stress balls or soft balls helps develop small muscles in the hand and wrist.
In this collage they lacing to make necklaces and bracelets and they are using turkey basters to transfer water into different containers.
Ideas for activities that could be done at home:
-making and using playdough
-use real nuts and bolts and let students put them together.
-using clothes pegs to pick up items such as dry pasta, pom poms and other small objects
-Games such as Pick Up Sticks, Trouble, Snakes and Ladders all involve picking up items and moving them.
-using peel and stick stickers
Websites for more activities on fine motor control
What tasks do you do at home to help develop fine motor control?
Post done by Mrs. Coombes and Mrs. Harrison