Are you a parent of a child with a disability? Does your child need help to improve his or her fine motor skills? This is something I worked HARD on in my classroom. Did you know that you can easily help your child practice their fine motor skills at home too? It is a win-win! Your child’s fine motor skills will continue to improve. You will get to see how hard your child works. Bonus-Your child’s special education teacher and Occupational Therapist will appreciate it! Have you heard of Simply Fine Motor Centers? This has made my life (and many others lives) a LOT easier when it comes to reinforcing fine motor skills.
What are Simply Fine Motor Centers?
The Simple Fine Motor Centers are the perfect way to implement fine motor activities to your classroom or household in a structured way! Basically, they are different structured fine motor centers for students in grades preschool-12th to practice their fine motor skills. All of the activities included are meant to strengthen fine motor skills, promote independence and develop new fine motor skills to be successful in the future (such as office skills).
What Centers are Included?
+ Trace It- Trace the line
+ Punch It- Hole punch
+ Staple It- Staple paper
+ Cut It- Cut the lines
+ Poke It- Use a Montessori hole puncher
+ Dot It- bingo daubber markers
+ Push it- Pom poms into a container
+ Slice It- Slice the playdough
+ Stick It- Dot stickers
+ Tong It- Use tongs to move pom poms
+ Clip It- Paper clips on cardboard
+ Chop It- Cut through toilet paper rolls
What’s Included for each Center?
+ Center Labels
+ Visual directions for each center (real pictures)
+ Set up guide for each center
+ Cards for centers that use them
+ Tips for Differentiating
+ Materials Needed list
+ Photos of resource assembled
+ Teacher Guide Book
How to Implement Simply Fine Motor Centers at School
There are many different ways that you can incorporate Simply Fine Motor Centers in your classroom. You can easily have a fine motor day in your classroom (such as “Fine Motor Friday”). You could also incorporate a fine motor center time into your daily classroom centers. Having the Occupational Therapist push-in to help or do therapy at this time may be beneficial as well. You can typically work on each center for about 20 minutes before switching. Check out how guest blogger, Heather from Full Sped Ahead Implements Fine Motor Centers in her middle school functional life skills classroom.
How to Implement Simply Fine Motor Centers at Home
As a parent of a child with a disability, you probably realize by now that your child should be working on their IEP goals at home as well as in school. I applaud you if you are reading this blog with the intent to reinforce your child’s fine motor skills at home! When implementing Simply Fine Motor Centers at home, you could set aside 20 minutes 1-2 times per week or even just once per week to work on. Giving your child choices in which center they would like to do each time might be a good idea also. If there are some items that you need at home, you could always ask your child’s teacher if they have extras of that item.
Students love Simply Fine Motor Centers because each center is engaging and hands-on! These different fine motor centers build their confidence in their fine motor skills the more that they practice! Each center is different and unique so students and children don’t get bored either!
How do you work on fine motor skills at home? Let’s chat in the comments!
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