As a KS2 teacher, it is surprising how many children move through school struggling to hold a pencil properly which in turn makes developing handwriting and correct letter formation even more challenging. Correcting this early on can set children up to develop their presentation skills and handwriting skills at much more accelerated pace! Here are a few practical ideas to help develop those fine motor skills.
1) Dough Disco! - Play some music and give all the children some Play Dough. ask the children to roll it, slap it, kneed it and twist it. As your children move the dough, they are developing the skills they need to hold a pencil accurately.
2) Win a Coin! - For any child who needs to hold a pencil more accurately, give them a coin to hold with their little and ring fingers. Give the pencil to them in the same hand and ask them to hold the pencil with their thumb and remaining fingers. Watch as your children become expert pencil holders in no time!
3) Finger Twister! - Twister is a good way to develop larger motor skills so try making a much smaller individual twister mat for each child and play finger twister. 'Thumb on green and ring finger on red!' will get your children to move their fingers more accurately over time!
4) Tweezers and beads! - The mission is to move all the beads from one glass to another using tweezers. However, to differentiate children can be given different size tweezers. A good place to start are the free Yo-Sushi tweezers you get when you can't use chopsticks. The hardest pair can be your average size cosmetic tweezers found in boots. To use tweezers you have to hold them in a similar position to a pencil which helps them to practice the same grip but through a fun activity!
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