Marble mania - fine motor power-ups!

Marble mania - fine motor power-ups!

Fine motor skills need developing in early childhood to prepare children for the future.

Often the learning focus is fine motor skills as a pre-writing actitivity. But there are many reasons children need to develop fine motor dexterity.

  • Doing up buttons;
  • lacing shoes;
  • using pegs/zips/velcro;
  • eating with a knife and fork;
  • using scissors;
  • holding a pencil, a paintbrush;
  • manipulating a computer mouse...the list goes on.

Fine motor exercises help develop coordination of small muscle movements in wrists and fingers. They build up strength and assist with hand-eye coordination. So, it's simple - get the pencils and scissors out, the more children use them the better.
NO! STOP!
Using scissors to cut wavy and zigzag lines or line making with crayons/pencils aren't the only ways to improve fine motor skills. Some experts even argue those activities are counter productive in preschool*.

Instead get out the marbles and get creative with fine motor skill learning experiences

MANIPULATING with MARBLES

Ideas from the Educa pinterest board

Marbles for Learning

  • hide marbles in playdough
  • cut up pool noodles into 2cm lengths and use tongs to place the marbles in the holes
  • use a small brush to sweep marbles around on a tray
  • scoop marbles using teaspoons into plastic bottles
source: www.learnwithplayathome.com  

source: www.learnwithplayathome.com

 

Explorations with marbles. An invitation to play

Set up an area where marbles can be explored, rolled, dropped, gathered in handfuls and shared out between containers

 

 

Use a container with slightly larger than marble sized holes in the lid for transferring (use oversize tweezers to make it more challenging)

source: childcareland.com

source: childcareland.com

source: jojoebi-designs

source: jojoebi-designs

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