Archive | June, 2012

Two handed strength and co-cordination

30 Jun
Painting is an activity that always generates a lot of excitement and fun in our house, as I am sure it does with most little ones! Check out this great use of a “mister” tool (sort of like a manually pumped air brush) to develop strength and co-ordination in both hands.

Just another way to get keep the fun and excitement in your strengthening and fine motor activities.

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Fun play for hot days!

28 Jun
check out this post for a simple idea that would be fantastic on those hot summer days!

Ideas like this are always a great way to keep your little ones engaged and interested in joining in games that are great for their sensory and fine motor skills.

Therapy “Bag of Tricks”

27 Jun
This post has a great list of items that should appear in almost any therapist’s bag of tricks

The post is specifically aimed at speech therapy, but I thought the list applied pretty equally to therapy for fine motor activities as well as pretty much any developmental therapy for little ones.

Slime for Sensory Play

21 Jun
I still remember playing with “Slime” when I was a kid, and loved the feel of the cool, wet looking substance as it was rolled around your hand, and slipped through your fingers.

I recently stumbled across this recipe for home made slime, which would be a great way to tempt kids into your fine motor activities.

Pulling and stretching the “slime” substance is a great strengthening exercise for little hands, and the unusual texture and elasticity of the substance is also excellent for their sensory awareness.

Pool Noodles for fine motor activities

12 Jun
check out this article for a simple, cheap idea using pool noodles and a ball that will assist in a number of areas of your little one’s development. I love the innovative thinking that can turn common products into fantastic learning tools for fine motor activities!

Pendulum play

7 Jun
Using a pendulum as a toy can be a great experience for kids. The motion of the pendulumn as it swings is always a source of fascination for little ones, and playing with the pendulum can combine some great fine motor activities.

Check out this article for an easy to make frame, and a some ideas for games
http://creativeconnectionsforkids.com/2012/06/pendulum-play-is-amazing/

Add some excitement to your reading time

5 Jun
Whilst not technically to do with fine motor activities, reading is still an activity that plays a large part in your child’s development.

Check out this article for some great tips on getting the most out of your reading time
http://www.schoolsparks.com/blog/tips-for-spicing-up-story-time-for-your-child

There are some great ideas in there to keep your little one engaged and to make reading time more enjoyable.