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This fine motor program was created while I was teaching Kindy.
The original intention was, that in small groups the students would complete a fine motor skills based activity with their parent/s in the morning before moving on to a puzzle or book.
Each child would complete 1 activity per day, and I found it best to keep the groups to 6 or less, as some activities require a lot of room.
Students would know which activity was theirs as I placed their morning name tag on the table for them to find.
In this resource you will find 24 different activities, so depending on what year level you are teaching, there are enough activities for students to rotate through each one once or twice over a term.
Here are some photos of the activities in action.
I like to use a placemat for each child as it identifies their place/space, and helps contain their equipment.
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Peg Sorting [ibimage==7776==news_half_size==news_half_size==self==null]
Copy the Shapes [ibimage==7778==news_half_size==news_half_size==self==null]
Disappearing Water [ibimage==7779==news_half_size==news_half_size==self==null]
Tennis Ball Monsters [ibimage==7780==news_half_size==news_half_size==self==null]
Balancing Act [ibimage==7781==news_half_size==news_half_size==self==null]
Ice Picking [ibimage==7782==news_half_size==news_half_size==self==null]
Ready Steady Spaghetti
There are a few different ways you might like to use this program in your classroom. Some of my suggestions are…
Scenario 1 – Kindy class of 20 students, fine motor program runs twice a week.In this scenario the teacher will choose 4 activities per fortnight.
The students will be split into 4 groups of 5 students. Each group completes 1 activity per morning.
Therefore in a 10 week term the teacher need only choose 20 activities (or 10 and repeat them).
Scenario 2 – PrePrimary class of 26 students, fine motor program runs 4 times a week.
In this scenario the teacher will choose 4 activities a week PLUS name writing as a constant.
The class will be split into 5 groups (ranging in size from 5 to 6 students per group).
I would then suggest choosing 20 activities for a 5 week block, and then repeating the same ones again for the second 5 week block.
This way the students can build upon their skills, speed and accuracy.
Scenario 3 – No parent support / time in the morning to run the program.
In this case you may like to set up the same number of activities as above (kindy – 4, PP – 4 plus name writing), and then 1 afternoon a week have the students rotate amongst the activities in small groups with the teacher and EA on hand for support and guidance.
Included in the second document you will find formats to plan for both a 4 and 5 group scenario.
Simply print, add your selected activities and divide your children into groups. Easy!
I would love to hear about how you implemented these activities in your room, and what you found worked best for your class!