2. Finger Coordination and developing a tripod grasp: In order to hold a pencil with a tripod grasp (the thumb and 1st two fingers), you need: individual control of each finger, to be able to curl the ring and baby finger away from the 1st three fingers and to be able to move objects in and out of the hand.
Finger Coordination and Tripod Grasp Activities:
- Coin games
- Origami and paper airplanes
- Eye dropper designs
- Lite Brite or peg boards
- Spinning tops, wind-up toys
- Wikki sticks designs
- Finger action songs
- Tearing paper and crumpling into tiny balls
- Painting with toothpicks and Q-tips
3. Visual-Motor Skills: In order to draw, colour and print, you need to be able to target your pencil to where you need to start and stop, and understand spacial directions (down, up, beside, under, over, etc.).
- Bingo dauber sheets
- Dot to dots
- Word searches
- Pre-printing shapes worksheets
- Colour by number, letter, word, object sheets
4. Crossing Midline: This is the ability to cross your hands and arms easily across the center of your body. Crossing midline correlates with establishing hand dominance. It also impacts the ability to draw intersecting lines such as a + and X.
Crossing Midline Activities:
- Ball or bean bag games that cross the center of the body and when catching with both hands
- Batting games (bat a ball or balloon)
- Drawing large shapes such as a circle, oval, horizontal line, an X or a sideways 8 that require the student to cross the centre of the body
- Instruments such as a guitar or ukulele
- Placing objects so student has to reach across the his/her body to get them
Make a fine motor bin!
Using the ideas above, make a bin that contains finger strength activities, tripod grasp activities, visual-motor activities and crossing midline activities. Then, when you have students who need extra practice, you have everything you need in one place.
Also, make a tapestry board for your classroom that everyone can contribute to!