Growing into Readers
- Use household objects to increase fine motor development. Provide child safe tweezers or tongs and encourage children to pick up small marshmallows or pom-poms and place in empty ice cube trays for counting games. Use Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or pasta and encourage children to place them on string or yarn to make a necklace, bracelet or just for fun. Use a manual eggbeater and a pan of water- add dish soap for extra fun. Mix food coloring and water and use eyedroppers to decorate flattened coffee filters. Play with finger puppets. Play with Playdough, clay or shaving cream.
- Preschoolers can also use their finger in shaving cream, flour or salt to practice writing. These are all great fine motor and hand strengthening exercises.
- Draw and write a card for a friend or family member. Making cards is a great way to get your child actively involved in the writing process. Children can use art, writing, letter development, fine motor skills and initiative to plan what to make for a friend or family member. This type of project gives children open ended creativity to create, draw, and write.
- Drawing, cutting, using scissors and simple fine motor exercises are all wonderful activities for preschool children on the verge of writing. Have your child draw a picture of your family and you can write down the names of the family members.
- Skills Learned: Writing, scribbling, doodling, art, movement, tools and technology, fine motor development, community, building relationships with others, hand eye coordination, observing, predicting, new tools and technology, experimenting, drawing conclusions.