Fine motor activities are critical for young children. The workout for those little fingers gives them the strength and control to write, button, and otherwise use their hands as the marvelous tools that they are. But there’s another perk to fine motor activities.
I’ve noticed that fine motor activities can also be a great redirection, bringing focus to a child who may be feeling overwhelmed, excited, nervous, or just a bit wild. Bringing the child’s focus in to a smaller scale and giving them fine motor tasks that require concentration, often has a soothing effect.
At our house, we followed a prompt from Pinterest, spreading soda on the bottom of a baking sheet and flanking that with jars of colored vinegar. Soon, boys who, moments before were climbing over couches, racing around the kitchen island, and otherwise taking turns pestering and overreacting, were each taking a dropper, carefully filling it, emptying it, and reveling in the ensuing reaction. They stayed at it for quite a while, watching drops slowly fall and bubbles erupt. It was like hitting a reset button in our day, calling their hands, eyes, and minds to a task that allowed us all to slow down and focus.
Are you looking for more fine motor activities to invite the children you love and teach to reset? Check out these great resources:
Pom Poms and PVC pipes. Why didn’t I think of that? Get all the details at Cute and Peculiar.
Simple supplies. Awesome results. Read about Rachelle’s colander sculpture at Tinker Lab.
Karen has a treasure trove of fine motor activities at PreKinders. Be inspired by her collection here.
Jamie at Hands On As We Grow has gathered 30 of the best fine motor activities from around the blogosphere for her round up here. You’re sure to find your next fine motor activity there!
Have you used focused fine motor activities to help your kids reset? What’s your go-to fine motor activity?