Happy Fine Motor Friday! My co-hosts (Lalymom, Craftulate, School Time Snippets, Little Bins for Little Hands, P is for Preschooler, Racheous, Still Playing School, House of Burke and Powerful Mothering) and I are excited to share fun activities for toddlers and preschoolers that help build fine motor skills every Friday. At the end of this post you will find links for more great fine motor activities from my co-hosts. Be sure to check them out!
Happy Fine Motor Friday! This week I am sharing a few fine motor activities to go along with The Carrot Seed from the preschool homeschool curriculum Before Five in a Row. If you like these activities be sure to check out our Art Inspired by The Carrot Seed, Hands-On Math with The Carrot Seed and Science Activities inspired by The Carrot Seed.
The first fine motor activity that we did was to decorate the letter ‘C’ with carrots. I first saw this activity on Walking by the Way as part of her free Read to Me & ABC Letter of the Week Preschool Program. We used orange foam shape stickers (tear drops, triangles and squares cut into small triangles) to peel and stick onto the letter ‘C’. Then Caden used a marker to draw the leaves onto the carrots.
The next fine motor activity that Caden did was practice his knife cutting skills. Since cutting raw carrots would be too hard for him right now, I used orange play dough and we rolled them into carrot shapes. Then Caden chopped them up with a plastic knife! Play dough is an awesome way to work on strengthening fine motor muscles!
The third fine motor activity we did to go along with The Carrot Seed was washing and scrubbing carrots to make carrot cake muffins! Caden enjoys playing at the sink so this was an easy way to incorporate some fine motor skills practice. After washing all the carrots we also attempted to peel the carrots and shred them with a grater, but it was too hard and Caden doesn’t yet have the skills to safely use the peeler or grater. But it was worth a try and I think an older child would enjoy using grown up tools to help in the kitchen.
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
Be sure to check out these great fine motor ideas from my co-hosts!
Yarn Wrapped Planets from And Next Comes L
Prewriting Fine Motor Activity from School Time Snippets
Pouch Cap Sheep Printing from House of Burke
20 Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers from Powerful Mothering
Fine Motor Cherry Blossom Tree Artwork from Still Playing School
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