July’s Activity: Fine Motor Monsters
These cute little monsters are perfect for building fine motor skills. Run to your local Dollar Tree and grab a container of Play Doh. Pop over to the craft section and toss some wiggle eyes into your basket, grab a bag of beads and a box of toothpicks and you are all set! Children will enjoy making a cute little monster of their own. Of course, while working on the following fine motor skills.
- grasping skills (pincer and 3-jaw chuck or tripod)
- hand separation
- bilateral coordination
- eye-hand coordination
- pressure grading (figuring out how much force to apply)
- spatial relations
Dollar Tree Supplies Needed:
- Play Doh
- Wiggle Eyes
How To Make the Monsters:
Open the Play Doh container and pull out the contents. Pinch off a nice size piece which will serve as the base or head of your monster. Use both hands to roll the Play Doh into a nice round ball. Push one or more of the wiggly eyes into the ball. Push toothpicks into the Play Doh to form the antennae. Place beads on the toothpicks for a colorful spin.
Grade Down (Make it Easier)
Pinch off the Play Doh for the child
Use the table surface instead of hands to form a ball with the Play Doh
Use beads with a larger diameter to assist the child with placing the beads onto the toothpick
Grade Up (Make it Harder):
Work on building visual perceptual and visual-motor integration skills by having the child build their monster to match a model. Place several beads on the toothpicks to work on visual scanning and tracking skills.
Build In-hand manipulation skills
Translation is the ability to move objects from the palm of one’s hand to the fingertips and from the fingertips to the palm. By ages 6 to 7 children are able to manipulate and secure multiple small objects within their hands. Practice this skill with the beads. Using one hand, have the child pick up one bead at a time and move it from fingertips to palm. Try collecting 5 and then place them onto the toothpick.
As Always, have fun!