Busy Before Breakfast – Fine Motor Skills
Starting school has meant some new routines in our house. Gone are the days we can laze around in PJs and do a spot of art and craft here and there. In order to avoid failing into the rut of breakfast and telly before school I introduced an activity each morning. I put the activity out the night before so that they could come down and discover it and get stuck in, with minimal support, while I made their breakfast. So far it has worked a treat. We have started with a focus on fine motor skills as this is an area that my son (the school boy) still struggles with.
Tweezers and pompoms
Simple as it sounds. Pom poms in a pot and some tweezers. I added different coloured containers to add a colour sort element in too. The school boy enjoyed this one although he did say it made this hands hurt as he found squeezing the tweezers tricky – perfect for building hand strength then.
I prepared some fruit the night before and then when they woke up presented it on the table along with thin wooden skewers. They threaded the fruit on and made their own kebabs - and a healthy breakfast treat.
Nuts and Bolts
We have a plastic set of nuts and bolts which we have enjoyed playing with for a good while now. Instead I used metal ‘proper’ nuts and bolts and just left them to be discovered on the table. The school boy got to work, his little fingers working hard, to unscrew the bolts. He delighted in separating the two.
Dot to Dot
Must have been Friday as I grabbed a dot to dot book from the cupboard and some pens. The boy practised his pen control and number skills with this activity. He even coloured the picture in further improving his pen control
As well as eating breakfast we made use of the cereal to do a threading activity and make some bird feeders. We threaded breakfast hoops onto a pipe cleaner and then hung it in the garden for the birds.
Another simple activity. I grabbed our coloured compare bears and some coloured containers and he sorted them according to colour. Picking up the tiny bears helped his fine motor skills.
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