Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sewing Dots

Developing fine motor skills is important for young children. Activities that strengthen the small muscles of the body can help children become proficient at drawing, writing, grasping and manipulating small objects, and fastening clothing. We engage children in many interesting and complex tasks in our classroom to help develop small muscle strength, fine motor control, and dexterity. 

This afternoon we encouraged the children to again explore the recycled material 'dots' and consider how they might use a plastic needle and yarn to string or sew their own creation. This was a VERY popular centre as many children were eager to experience sewing!

It was interesting to see the children persist and use different strategies to problem solve how to string the foam objects that did not have any pre-cut holes - many realized that with enough force the needle could be pushed through the material.

Be sure to check out the following link to see what other fine motor activities we've done in the past. Many of these are easy to implement and would be great for families that are eager for activities to try at home together.  http://mrsmclennan.blogspot.ca/search/label/fine%20motor

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