Fun, Creative Pre-Writing Activities For Preschool Children The pre-writing activities for preschool children below are a great way to build essential, foundational fine motor skills. These skills will include hand strength, directional movement patterns, and effective hand position, which will then facilitate making lines, letters, and shapes. All development comes in predictable stages. Before a child can write, he must have the prerequisite fine motor skills necessary to use his wrist and hands properl y and effectively. Have fun trying all of these great ideas below so that your child is ready to write! Ideas For Fine Motor Skill Development And Pre-Writing Activities For Preschool Children When playing music, give the children some cloths or scarves to hold. Show them how to go up, down, and across with the material. When colouring with crayons, try having the children colour while lying on their bellies, or have them stand while colouring a piece of paper taped on the wall, a wall easel, or a floor easel . Both positions help promote grasp and a proper position of the wrist. The first position, on their bellies, also helps strengthen their arms. When colouring, try giving the children broken or short pieces of crayons. This will help promote a proper grasp, so they can not "fist" (ie. wrapping the whole hand around the crayon and using the little finger side of the hand to colour) the crayons easily. When colouring, encourage scribbling first, imitation of vertical strokes second, horizontal strokes next, then circular motions, and finally, copying a circle. This is the proper developmental sequence of pre-writing skills. Remember, young children should not be colouring in the lines yet, and should not be given too many dittos. This is a time to learn and explore with crayons, not be confined to a specific shape. Pre-writing activities for preschool children should include using different things, such as "Funny Foam" or paint, instead of crayons when working on imitating strokes. Use sponges, various sized paintbrushes, or even "Q-tips". Partially fill large Zip-Lock bags with coloured hair gel or coloured shampoo. Seal the bags and show the children how to make lines with their fingers. Have them imitate your strokes, as mentioned above. As they draw with their fingers, the material in the bags will be displ aced so they can see their strokes. You could also do this on plates or trays using dry ingredients such as powder (smells great!), dry pudding mix, or sand. Have them draw in these things. Give the children paint brushes and have them paint using water on the pavement, walls, or chalkboard. When using playdough , show the children how to make lines up, down and across, using a plastic pizza cutter. The Secret To Making Fine Motor Skills Activities For Children Fun! Fine motor skills activities for children are the best way to ensure proper development and practice of fine motor skills to promote the most functional use of a child's hands. Normal development DEMANDS that children are able to accurately and effectively use the small muscles (intrinsic muscles) in their hands. These intrinsic muscles will be used for the rest of their lives and for essential functional activities. Childhood is the critical time to properly develop these muscles. The building of fine motor skills in children will enable them to perform a variety of important functional tasks. These include: tying shoes zipping and unzipping buckling and unbuckling writing legibly and without significant muscle fatigue playing games that require precise hand and finger control drawing, painting, and colouring manipulating buttons and snaps putting small objects together doing puzzles making crafts using scissors manipulating small objects such as coins opening and closing objects picking up and holding onto small objects developing and maintaining an effective and proper pencil grip pinching objects between fingers using locks and keys being able to isolate finger movements (ie, using one finger at a time, such as in playing the piano or typing) turning things over or turning pages of a book holding and using utensils properly and effectively screwing and unscrewing doing ANYTHING that requires small precise hand and finger movements HOW DO WE DO IT?. We need the activities to improve their fine motor skills. And the BEST way to do this with children is...TOYS AND GAMES, of course! . The games and activities NEED to be FUN and CREATIVE! Building fine motor skills in children CAN be fun (and should be)! So, use playdoh , kids scissors, beads, crafts, markers, crayons, learn to dress dolls , puzzles , paints and paintbrushes, finger paints, pencil grips (help you hold your pencil correctly), mazes, colouring books, "quiet books", pegboards, or ANYTHING you can possibly think of, to get those hands and fingers working! PLAY DOH RECIPES: UNCOOKED PLAY DOH: 3/4 cups flour 3/4 cup salt 3/4 to 1 cup water with preferred colour food colouring 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Mix all ingredients. Knead until smooth consistency. Keep it covered and in refrigerator when not using it. COOKED PLAY DOH: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 cup water with preferred colour food colouring 1 tablespoon oil Mix all ingredients. Cook over medium hear until forms into a ball and becomes "translucent", not "milky". Knead dough. Store in plastic covered bowl in refrigerator when not using it.
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