Do you do centers in your classroom? You need to add fine motor centers to your schedule. They work on all the fine motor skills you can think of, they aren’t hard to prep, and they will last you all year long! I’ll show you how to set up fine motor centers in your classroom!
What You’ll Need
First, let’s go over what materials you’ll need. You can find the materials list for each center in the resource. Shop Fine Motor Centers HERE. Some basic materials you’ll need to get started are:
- Bins (these are great to use) *affiliate link*
- Smaller bins to hold materials inside (these work great) *affiliate link*
- Materials for each center
You can find a list to shop all materials needed for each center HERE. *affiliate link*
To get started, get your bins ready, print out the materials, and separate all your materials for each center. For each center there is an instruction card and a visual schedule for the students to follow to complete the center. I tape the visual schedule to the lid of the bin, and I keep the instruction card for the adult in a separate folder.
How to Set Up
Once your bins are prepped, start adding your materials needed to each bin. For example, for the “Trace It” center, you’ll need to put in the laminated and cut out tracing strips, a bin of markers and a highlighter, and I throw in an eraser as well. Once all your bins have all the necessary materials, you are ready to go! Pro tip: save the original of the centers you’ll need to copy to replace once the center is completed by the student. For example, you’ll have to replace the sheets in the “Punch It” center, so save a copy of those sheets so you can copy and go quickly.
How to Implement
There are a million ways you can incorporate Simple Fine Motor into your daily routine, but let me give you some ideas. I like to incorporate them into my task box library. I have a section dedicated to fine motor task boxes, so I include them there. You can also make them a center during your centers rotations. They would make a great para run center or even an independent center if you have students able to complete these tasks independently. Depending on your class size, you could also have a fine motor block where every student in the room is working on them.
I love using the Fine Motor Centers in my classroom. They are so much fun for my students, and they get to work on their fine motor skills. Talk about a win-win! Shop the Fine Motor Centers here! If you want a full overview of the Fine Motor Centers, check out Alyssa’s blog here! What resource do you want me to show you how to use next?