My sister recently visited. As usual, we had a blast! I love it when she comes. She is full of jokes and laughs which are key ingredients in FUN!
A highlight of her visit was our trip to the pumpkin patch at Yule Forest. Although A.J. was a little standoffish when it came to the animals, he enjoyed the hay ride and the “idea” of the animals. I could tell by his repeating the word hayride along with making sounds of the different animals he saw.
After my sister’s visit, we painted our pumpkins and resumed activities to enhance A.J.’s fine motor skills.
We focused on the three-finger (pincer) grasp and added an activity to strengthen his circular wrist motion.
Here is what we did.
Three-finger (pincer) grasp activities included: Stringing beads, using a ladle for scooping the beans and placing Cheerios around spaghetti sticks.
By the time we did the cheerios activity, I must admit that I was a bit tired. My patience was becoming short and I really wanted to stop after a few tries. A.J. however was determined to keep going until he placed all 10 cheerios on the thin, easily breakable, spaghetti stick. Despite my urging to try again later or perhaps tomorrow, he pushed through. I was so proud of him! More importantly, he was super proud of himself!
Circular wrist motion – Using a wisk
Amira has been observing our activities, too!
What other fun fine motor skill development activities have you done?
Pray, Persist & Prosper,
This is a great post. You really are developing lots of fun, educational activities for A.J. This is very important to keep learning fun. It’s great to see his enthusiasm. Hopefully this will spark some ideas for other parents.
Keep it up!
Thanks for the ideas! I am creating lesson plans for my toddler group at Montessori. Your site was very helpful! Kids are so cute!:)