Finger + Hand Work

by Amy on October 31, 2008

Delaney has been really interested in writing lately — especially her name, but other letters and numbers as well. Her little scribbles and letter shapes have been on grocery lists, maps, Christmas wish lists, and sweet letters and cards. Since she is so interested in writing right now, I have been trying to offer her lots of extra fine-motor activities to help build strength and coordination in her fingers and hands. Of course to her, it’s just playing – which is just how I like it!

There’s been lots of focused cutting. I give her 1″ strips of construction paper, and she cuts, cuts, cuts them into tiny pieces. We save these pieces for making collages later.

paper_cutting

She really enjoyed working with this clothespin counting game at preschool. The clothespins had the numbers 1-10 written on them and she had to count the animals and clip on the correct clothespin.

clothespins&numbers

Today, I set-up a chicken and egg transfer activity for her. I have seen so many neat transfer activities on various Montessori blogs and websites. We used a chicken chop stick, an egg tray, and 3 types of materials for eggs: cotton balls, packing peanuts, and small white pom poms. The idea was to put one item in each section of the egg tray. Delaney loved this and did it multiple times. This would be really fun to do with a unit on farm animals.

egg_transfer1

egg_transfer3

We’ve been working with our homemade play dough a lot, too – trying to roll balls and snakes, making flat pancakes and cookies, and sticking in candles for birthday cakes.

Mr. Potato Head is great for working fingers too — we made Mrs. Pumpkin Heads last night!

pumpkin_heads

Happy playing and Happy Halloween!

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