In this blog, my daughter is almost three years old or 33 months to be exact. Time flies rapidly! It’s seems like yesterday when we throw a party for her first birthday. Well, babies grow rapidly and the next thing you know you will be talking to a more bubbly and full of energy little human. Her developmental progress aligns perfectly to her age, a good time to do more observation and of course a quick refresh of the prepared environment. As a homeschooler, our materials are very basic. We only use learning materials that is best suited to her learning abilities. Whatever advance toys, materials or books we have, we always keep it for her next learning stage.
I gather here a compilation of activities that enhances the refinement of muscles or fine motor skills as well as hand eye coordination. Being a mother and a teacher plays a big role to deeply involved with every developmental milestones she’s into. Preparing a variety of fine motor activities each week is a must for a very active toddler.
At home you can always find materials you need to strengthen your child’s hand muscles. You can also check tons of ideas at pinterest and instagram. Here are my collections of activities at home that helps my child a lot with her fine motor.
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Water Beads Play- This is one of her favorite activities at home. Something stretchy, sticky and wet is always a big hit for kids. This beads can grow bigger once submerge into a basin with water.
Watercolor Painting- Great for hand-eye coordination. She still working on mixing water with the color palettes. I love the glow on her face when she discovers different shades from mixing with variety of colors.
Pegboard Activity- Putting pegs into a hole develops grasps and release, refined pinches and eye hand coordination.
Color Sorting Cylinder- Master eye hand coordination, refine pinches and develops pincer grasps.
Name Puzzle Tracing– In here I use small colored beads (choking hazard). She uses beads to trace each letters of her name. This is a great way to teach a child in preparation of using a pencil for writing.
Molding Kinetic Sand- Instead of using play dough, I choose this plain colored kinetic sand and a set of 5 cutting tools. This activity strengthens her hand muscles.
Foam Stickers– Stickers are always a big hit at home. It’s also another great fine motor activities that are easily available at home and a good calm down activity for toddlers.
Coloring- Young children can grasp easily when they use a bigger or thicker crayons and markers. It is also advisable to use non toxic and washable crayons for safety.
Block Stacking- Babies and toddlers loves to stack objects. It strengthens the whole hand by using all the fingers. This activity also enhances the hand-eye coordination.
Letter Tracing- A good activity to efficiently improve pincer grip, eye-hand coordination and concentration.
Dot Painting- The thickness of this dot paint fits well to a toddlers tiny hands.
Cutting- This activity takes a lot of practice and observation. A close supervision is needed. There are a lot of toddler friendly scissors or children safe scissors that you can buy for your child. Below is the cutting tray we regularly use. This paper strips are from trimmings of Montessori nomenclatures and three-part cards we use for our homeschool unit study. I made four basic patterns: Slanted lines, diagonal, vertical and wavy lines.
Water Pouring- This is her favorite activity during spring and summer. She spends a couple of hours outdoor doing this fun activity.
Sticker Peeling- I found this at school supplies section at our local store. I use this for her to trace a shape or pattern of an object. As long as you have a bunch of this at home or school your child will love sticking. A great activity to promote concentration, hand eye coordination and pincer grip exercises.
Washing- There are a vast washing activity for toddlers like baby doll washing, toy washing, play kitchen utensil washing, clothes washing, fruits & vegetables washing and a lot more things to wash. This type of activity enhances hand muscles, pincer grip and eye-hand coordination and most importantly once the child knows how to clean up after each meal and do a mini washing like this, independence and self responsibility develops naturally.
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