I’m so excited to be back with more fine motor activities for Fine Motor Fridays! After a break for the holidays I’ve been re-energized and have a bunch of new activities to share with you all this month! First up is a space-themed twist on the classic salt writing tray! I called it a Moon Dust Writing Tray to spark an interest in writing with my son! And it worked! He really enjoyed practicing mark making with this simple fine motor activity!
- gray tempra paint
- wooden peg doll
- white acrylic paint
- black permanent marker
To make this Moon Dust Writing Tray was really simple. I followed the directions on How to Make Colored Salt from Nurture Store and let it dry thoroughly in a sunny window. It got a little clumpy, but it was easily broken up with my hands.
The writing tool is an astronaut! I painted a wooden peg doll with white acrylic paint and drew a face on him with permanent black marker.
Caden was very eager to play with this as soon as the salt was dry! At first he thought it was a new sensory bin, but after I showed him how to write and draw in the salt he was ready to give it a try!
After my demonstration of how to use the salt tray, Caden tried to trace the letter A with the astronaut writing tool. I was pretty impressed, as we haven’t done too much writing or drawing lately.
Then he said he wanted to try with his finger and I encouraged him to do so. Using his finger to write in the salt provided tactile sensory input which further enhances the multi-sensory learning and memory of this activity.
Since Caden is just starting to recognize the letters of the alphabet, and writing is a new concept for him, he mostly drew circles in the “moon dust”. But this still is a fun way for him to practice his fine motor skills and pencil grip. And the more we do these kinds of multi-sensory writing and alphabet activities the more confident he will become in these skills.
If your preschooler doesn’t recognize letter yet, I would encourage different mark making in the salt tray. Try vertical lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines, wavy lines, zig-zag lines. All of these marks will help improve handwriting down the road. I wish I had thought of that when I first introduced this activity! Oh well, there’s always next time!
Happy Fine Motor Friday!
Check out these great fine motor ideas!
Fine Motor Rainbow Ball from Still Playing School
Size and Colour Valentine Match Activity from Craftulate
Tissue Bleed Valentine Hearts from Powerful Mothering
Snowman Scissor Skills Craft from School Time Snippets
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