Fine Motor Fun

Fine Motor Fun
19 February 2019

We *truly* think that the development of fine motor skills is oh-so important, especially in the early years of school. But fitting it into an already crowed curriculum can be tricky! That is why we originally  created our morning fine motor program. Of course you can use it at any time in your day, however we found that making use of the parents in the room during the morning session worked perfectly. The children are engaged with purposeful activities which was great for the little ones who can feel a little nervous at the start of the day as it really created a calm atmosphere in the room. Parents also learnt alongside their child as they participate in simple activities that can also be implemented at home win-win. Having this structure at the start of the day also allowed us as teachers to move around the room checking in with each student before beginning the day.

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Setting up your fine motor program takes a bit of preparation, planning and sourcing {not going to lie!} but once you've done the initial set up you'll be good to go for the rest of the year. Programs that tick over on their own are our jam, especially during the busy reporting season!

 

LET'S GET READY...

Before launching into your fine motor activities we suggest you follow these 3 simple steps first. It will 100% make things run more smoothly...

1. Planning. The number of activities you need to prep depends entirely on how you plan to run the session. We found that having the students complete 1 set activity per day worked really well. The students would come in, find their name tag, complete the activity and then move on to books or puzzles while they waited for the day to start. So for a class with students who attend 5 days a week having 5 activities out works well. This way everyone gets a turn at completing each activity during the week. Younger students who attend a few days a week could complete the activities on a fortnightly rotation. *TIP* Don't be scared to repeat activities - students learn so much from repeating certain skills, and it also helps to develop their confidence! We also had name writing cards out as a weekly constant, meaning there were only 4 additional fine motor activities out.

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{Download our planning format here}

 

2.  Sourcing. Once you know how many activities you will need for the term it is time to decide on the skills your students need to practise. You can choose activities from our fine motor task cards, or create your own! We have even included an editable template so you can do a mixture of our activities with some of your favourites! Now it's time to go hunting and gathering haha! Many of the items we use in the activities can be found at Kmart, in the $2 shop, you could even put the call out to your class families and see if they have any goodies that they could send in.

Now comes the big question - storage! We have seen people creating individual tubs for each activity, so cute! However we find that a lot of the items are used across multiple activities. This is why we like to use a big storage tub to house all of the props. Then when we pull out the activity cards for the week/fortnight everything we need is in one location. It also makes putting it all away at the end of the week a breeze!

Here are some of our favourite tools to use during fine motor activities...

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Some of the items pictured include ice cube trays, stress balls, spinning tops, lacing boards, bath anti slip mats and novelty pegs. Most of the items cost only a couple of dollars each.

 

3. Prep. We like to store all of the items for each activity being used in an individual basket. This makes setting up a breeze - you can literally throw the baskets on the table before opening the doors! It also means the students have somewhere to pack the items away to when they are finished. The baskets can then be stored on a shelf ready for the next day.

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{Download the task cards here}

These baskets are from Kmart ($3.50 each), and are the perfect size for fine motor activities. On the back of each basket we have hot glued a pop stick, and then stuck a velcro dot at the top of the stick. On the back of the task cards we have also added a velcro dot. Each week all you need to do is swap the cards over, and pull out the equipment needed for the new activities. This used to take no more than 5 minutes and meant that fine motor was completely ready for the following week.

 

We also have a H-UUUGE range of fine motor assessment tasks, class checklists and activities available on the webby. If you have any requests for some new fine motor activities send us a DM on insta or pop it in an email. We love getting requests from our members!

 

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