We decided to focus on some fun activities to improve fine motor skills as this week's activities. My son finds writing tricky and still needs lots of pre writing activities to build finger/hand strength to help him when he is ready to write.
1) play dough!! We all love play dough
The one year old loves to eat handfuls but that's another story. Moulding the play dough by hand is great for little fingers but some of the tools that come with play-dough sets are great too. We especially enjoy the icing tool that needs to be pressed and sees the play-dough squirt out.
2) hammering tees
Using hammers to hammer tees (we aren't brave enough for nails) into potatoes and pumpkins is good for hand eye co-ordination.
3) squeezing lemons
We made our own lemonade as a perfect reason to squeeze lemons. Squeezing lemons helps to build hand strength.
4) Mark making
I find he is most motivated to write when he is interested. I jumped on his desire to make a sign for a den as a reason to write (despite him insisting that an invisible sign was fine!) and he enjoyed making a sign and a map. It looked like scribe to the lesser developed eye but to him was an amazing treasure filled map and 'keep out' sign.