Happy Fine Motor Friday! This is a special Fine Motor Friday because we are launching our new book! Yes, you read that right! We have published a book full of all our best fine motor activities! In 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 you will find ideas for busy bags, practical life skills, early learning activities, arts and crafts plus more! It’s a one-stop resource for parents, early childhood educators, and care givers! 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 is available for purchase as an e-book, for the Kindle and in paperback! You can purchase the e-book version HERE at a special introductory price of $6.99 for two weeks only! Use code FMF2 for $2 off now through October 31st!
What’s so great about this book is that most of the activities use items you probably already have around the home and they can be adjusted to fit the needs of your children! If an activity calls for the use of tweezers or tongs, younger children can just use their fingers and still get a great fine motor work out! For older children, adding early learning academics can make an activity more challenging while still encouraging fine motor skills!
For example, I’ve taken a simple activity written for the book by Sarah of Little Bins for Little Hands and made it more challenging for Caden by incorporating alphabet sorting.
Play Dough Alphabet Search & Sort
The Play Dough Alphabet Search & Sort is a really simple activity to set up. All you need is a big ball of play dough and about six small objects that represents the two letters of the alphabet you are focusing on, and some fine motor tools.
We chose to focus on the letters ‘Cc’ and ‘Dd’. I used the small objects from our DIY Mini Montessori Alphabet Box and folded them into the play dough, and rounded it into a ball. I set the tray up with one compartment for letter ‘C’ objects, and another for letter ‘D’ objects with a spoon and tweezers in the middle for Caden to use as he searched the play dough for objects.
Caden used both of the fine motor tools I provided him, but mainly enjoyed digging into the play dough with his fingers! He loved searching though the play dough to see what treasures he could find! I sat nearby (snapping pictures of course) and talking with him about the objects he found, asking him what sounds they start with and guiding him to sort the objects into the ‘C’ tray or the ‘D’ tray.
Mostly Caden just had fun playing with the dough and the objects, making up stories as he played. No matter how you organize this activity it will still be an enriching experience for your child, full of imagination, learning and fine motor skills!
Our NEW 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 is full of all types of enriching fine motor activities that your kids will love! And you will love them too because they are simple to set up and use everyday items you probably have around the house! Each activity includes full color photos, a materials list and step-by-step instructions. It’s a fantastic resource for parents, educators, and caretakers!
You can buy the eBook anywhere in the world! PayPal handles currency conversion. The Kindle and Print book are available to anyone who can shop Amazon. *Prices on Amazon are subject to change.
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
All of the Fine Motor Fridays bloggers have picked an activity from the book by someone else and put our own spins on it to celebrate the launching of our new book and show our readers how the ideas can be adapted for all children no matter their age or abilities! Check them out below!
Snack Hunt from Craftulate
Sewing Spider Webs from Still Playing School
Sight Word Crayon Rubbing Plates from P is for Preschooler
Flower Garden from Powerful Mothering
See and Spray Game from School Time Snippets
Fine Motor Dot to Dot on the Light Table from And Next Comes L
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Activity from Lalymom
Unwrapping Activity from House of Burke
Sight Word And Name Game Activity from Little Bins For Little Hands
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