A to Z of Budget Fine Motor Resources
Fine motor activities are opportunities for young children to practice those fiddly tasks with small objects which help to develop their finger muscles. Why are fine motor skills important? Well, without them children may struggle to complete many tasks in everyday life; eat with a knife and fork, thread a jumbo needle, do up a button, or, indeed, write or make marks with a pen or crayon. Most children who are regularly exposed to these sorts of resources and activities pick up these skills in their own time. But it is always worth thinking about them when planning activities for children to do; “Is there a fine motor element we could add to this?” is a useful question to reflect on.
Fine motor tasks are so universal that they can easily be engineered into everyday play. Many children love loose parts play, where they get to tinker around with small objects and create patterns or collect them into colours, shapes and patterns. Using scissors to cut, a pen to draw or small wooden blocks to build all involve fine motor skills- these would all make a great start to a list of objects you could use at home or in a childcare setting.
Lots of the resources listed below will probably already be part of your resources. They can be picked up easily and cheaply. So here is an A-Z list; which ones are your favourites?
Orange- peel one
Underwater sensory play
I’d love to hear your ideas of what your most-used resources are and how you use them- please comment below!
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