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Need fine motor ideas for my son....
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Hello, kindergarten experts! My son just completed kindergarten and scored advanced in all areas EXCEPT fine motor skills, in which he got a "2", or a partially proficient. He has some difficulty copying, cutting, and can still not tie his shoe laces(maybe he can after 5 min, but it's loose and impractical). I wanted to slip in some "fun" activities this summer to help him improve on this skill. I had thought we could cut things out of magazines, but was hoping some of you have more creative ideas! Thanks!


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nuts and bolts
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Buy some nuts and bolts from the local hardware store. Have him unscrew them and separate them into two piles, then have him put them back together. Again and again!

Not an expert, learned this in an inservice!
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tummy time
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In order to get better at fine motor skills he has to have his upper body strong enough... Writing, playing, watching TV on his tummy will help build up those muscles. This is according to the OT/PT at my school.
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Both interesting and informative replies!
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I can do both of those... the nuts and bolts idea got me thinking and remembering my early childhood class in college. The preschool teacher had thick styrofoam, and the kids were hammering golf tees into stryrofoam and screwing screws in it! He would love that, in addition to screwing/unscrewing the nuts and bolts.
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When you play games with him, use tongs to pick up and move the pieces.


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Congrats on those terrific scores/grades. A partially proficient is nothing to sneeze at, that's good too, so don't stress too much.

Instead of "educational" things over the summer, do some fun things in the afternoon (aka "quiet time"). Things that would be fun to do:

1. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
2. Play board games.
3. String beads (okay, that sounds like preschool -- get some pony beads and some pipe cleaners and make some cool crafts).
4. Paint by number (or ordinary painting too).
5. Sew! Yes, little kids can sew.
6. Write letters to grandma.
7. Cook (including stirring, cutting with a relatively safe knife, grating, etc.)
8. Put together a model (there are ones designed for little kids).

Just have fun.
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Lacing cards, playdough, puzzles, playing with mud, sorting small items like colored noodles or buttons, cutting on lines, or using dress boards
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All good stuff, keep it coming!
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My brain is getting filled w/ good ideas, thanks for all the suggestions! We will be keeping those hands busy! That will be good for my mental health as well, to keep this little man's hands busy!
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Fine motor
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Fine motor skills start in the shoulder and arm...easel paint (or use markers on paper attached to the wall), let him paint with water on the driveway, tear paper, use tongs to pick up items, play with playdough, have fun!!
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You've been given lots
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of great ideas already. I just wanted to throw in cheerios on a pipe cleaner or yarn or shoestring licorice. Another one my kinders like is picking up beads with tweezers! Play doh is good, and having him lie on his back under a table to write on paper that is on the underside of the table is also good. Have a great summer. Sounds as if you'll be having some fun!!


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Old 06-08-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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with my DS: crafty scissors (with the different blades) and a hole puncher!
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putting colored beans inside of a bottle is easy and very helpful for kids
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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Here's an idea I got from another teacher.

Buy some of those BIG push pins you can find at places that sell office supplies (I got mine at Walmart, I think it was something like 15 of them for $2). Draw a shape or block letters on construction paper. Place the construction paper on top of a carpet square (or on the carpet in your house if you have any!) and use the push pin to poke out the shape or letter by following the black line. It has to be on carpet so the push pin has somewhere to go when it goes through the paper. You have to poke the holes close together so that when you are done, the shape comes free from the rest of the paper.
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Use sand
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Bury letters and other small items in sand or bird seed and have him find them and feel the letters to see if he can determine what they are by touch.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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Let him help you fold towels and wash cloths.
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Squirt Guns!
Old 06-12-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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My son was born 3 months premature and had the same problem. I stumbled upon this accidently. The summer after kindergarten, I noticed he had much improved fine motor skills after playing with squirt guns nearly every day. I was elated because I didn't even have to get him to work on it (he had no idea he was "working" on something)! One hand would get tired, and he would automatically put the squirt gun in the other hand. When he has no one to play with, have him water your plants or "write" words or draw on the driveway. I hope this helps!
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loving all the help!
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I think I can do all of your suggestions cheerfully and painlessly!
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