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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Incorporating Fine Motor Activities

So many preschoolers and kindergarten friends come to school 
with little fine motor practice.  
The first thought when fine motor comes up is pencil, paper activities, 
but the reality is there are so many ways to build fine motor BEFORE
children are ready for pencil, paper activities.

Clothes pins and larger tweezers offer children practice with the pincer grasp.  
We practice using pop poms and small objects 
as they are grabbed and moved from one place to another.  
Alphabet Mats and sensory tables provide a place for integration with these skills.

Alphabet Mats

Art activities provide fine motor experiences such as paper tearing, 
painting and gluing. While painting, we remind our friends 
to use their "pinching" fingers as they hold the brush. 
 Twirling the paint brush is a circular motion 
also takes practice at the beginning of the year.

Paper tearing also provides additional experiences 
and the scraps are saved for the art center.

Fine motor experience can also be incorporated while teaching math concepts.  
We use pony beads for counting and patterning.  

Play dough is always a go to with counting and tens frames.  
Rolling the dough in itself takes a LOT of practice!

One to one correspondence can be modeled and practiced 
using pom poms and recycled marker caps.
The end of the school year is the perfect time to collect 
old marker caps from students and teachers alike!

There so so many commercial games and materials for sale 
that lend themselves to fine motor practice
like Gumball Grab and Magic Boards.

Scissor practice is another fine motor skill that takes a great deal of practice.
We cut paper and play dough as they offer different resistances.  

Last week I added straws and scissors to our sensory table 
for additional fine motor practice.
We were then going to add string for threading once the straws were all cut.


This was found under the table at the end of  day one.
No one claimed it, no parent complained.
Scissors will be at the art table with supervision!

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