Posted by melissa.t on October 5, 2012
Remember all the fine motor activities I shared last month?
Well, here’s another! Djeco’s Perles Jungle Beads make both threading (fine motor) and counting (math) fun and playful. Add in patterns with older children and you’ve found a bonus way to incorporate math in the play, too.
What child wouldn’t love these ten chunky wooden animal shaped beads?
Thread the wooden animals between the felt shapes onto one or two threading laces.
Aren’t these beads adorable?
Even my 10 year old loved these beads! (Maybe it will help with her messy handwriting!)
Posted by melissa.t on August 24, 2012
Remember that your preschoolers need to practice moving and coordinating their small hands – their fine motor skills. You can engage them in fun, playful practice and they won’t even know they’re learning! Here are 8 engaging activities for your tots.
EverEarth Activity Walker
Tongs and Pom-Poms
Pipe Cleaner Spider
Don’t these look fun! Give them a try and let us know what you think!
Posted by melissa.t on June 29, 2012
When’s the last time you made homemade play dough? There are lots of ways to play and learn with play dough including creativity, fine motor skills, imagination, and counting.
Cooked Play Dough Recipe & Directions:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbspn oil
t Tbsp cream of tarter
Mix and stir over medium heat.
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Gather a box of play dough supplies like cookie cutters and other things to poke, smooth, and texture!
Learning With Play Dough
* Make the alphabet with cookie cutters or by rolling the play dough into lines.
* Pretend play bakery.
* Practice fine motor skills like cutting.
* Pretend play birthday.
* Have different plastic animals make tracks across the playdough.
* Make snowmen.