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Pumpkin and Pin Fine Motor Fun

Try saying that title 3 times in a row! For a play-of-the-day, here is a fine motor or small muscle activity that needs 1 pumpkin, lots of push pins, and a pair of small hands.

pumpkin push pin fine-motorBefore carving the pumpkin, let your child use it as a giant pincushion. For this activity, you will need a small handful of push pins. Kids get to stick the pins right into the pumpkin. The pumpkin skin is usually fairly thin and pins go in it quite easily. Big Sister did some first and she quickly put in a few push pins in practically no time. Her 6-year old fingers could grasp the pins and aim them with level hands. Little Sister took much longer to put in each pin. Her 3-year old fingers sometimes picked the pin up with the point going toward her rather than out. She would then use the other hand to help her turn it around. The pin did not go in as easily because she did not always aim the point level or straight. The pin would sometimes point up, down, or sideways and she would have to adjust her hands to get the pin to go in.

It was quite surprising to see the difference in dexterity between the two kids. Big Sister could stick in several pins in the same time that Little Sister needed for only one or two. Watching the younger child, I noticed that she had to move her hand left or right as well as up or down to get the angle on the pin so it would go into the pumpkin. Sometimes, she over corrected and then would have to try again. There was no doubt this activity was valuable for practicing control of the small muscles in the fingers and wrists. This activity will be easier for some kids than others because these muscles need strengthening and coordinating but it’s fun to do. Did the pumpkin change into a colorful hedgehog?

From Sticks to Scissors and Other Learning Tools

Every occupation and career has its own set of tools and play is children’s work; for kids early learning tools include sticks, rocks, mud, and toys, as well as crayons, chalk, glue, and scissors. Letting your child play and experiment with these tools is not just fun, it’s also helpful before starting kindergarten or preschool. Being familiar with them increases a child comfort and confidence and fine motor skills.Continue Reading

Lego Movie Should Win Oscar AND Gold Medal

We just got to see the Lego movie; I won’t give away any secrets and spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, but in my opinion, it needs to win both a gold medal and an Oscar. Plus, after watching it, kids will be even more inspired to play and create with Lego, andContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Pre-printing That Really is Fun!

“What about if my child just isn’t interested in printing or anything like that; ” asked a parent at a kindergarten readiness evening, “so what can I do?” The answer to that is easy: Make it Fun!! Printing activities can be appealing to children, just check all the walls that have been decorated by children’sContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – June Bugs For Fun and Learning #9

You can really squeeze out lots of kindergarten readiness learning and fun in today’s play-dough bug-making activity. Playing with playdough needs  actions such as squeezing, smooshing, rolling, bending, and more.  When playing with play-dough these are some of the learnings and skills developed: fine motor dexterity and strength; hand-eye coordination, visualizing, vocabulary and descriptive language, measuring, counting,Continue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Fine Motor Valentine Fun

Valentine art activities are so much fun for kids. They get to craft and create at the same time as they explore and discover. Fine motor control is very much in the developmental stage at this age level so some activities are too tricky for wee little ones but there are still lots of themContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Pumpkin Plasticine, Google & Gumby

Did you see Google today? And those 5 balls of colored clay? I wonder if Art Clokey played with plasticine as a child and that was the inspiration for Gumby? Gumby is the inspiration for today’s post about kindergarten readiness and fine motor skills. At a recent event I spoke with an Occupational Therapist aboutContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – F=Fine Motor Skills

How the muscles move and work together are often called motor skills. These are divided into small and large muscle coordination but are usually called fine or gross.  Gross or large muscle skills develop earlier than fine motor ones but f comes before g so the order will be switched. Some examples of fine motor skillsContinue Reading

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