How can you help your preschooler to develop their handwriting skills? In this digital age learning to write has lost its importance as screens and video dominate our lives. Early childhood programs including our preschool, design activities to make writing fun. Below we offer several fun activities you can do together at home to help develop your child's visual and gross motor skills. These are just a few ideas. Really, any activity that helps to strengthen muscles or observation can improve a child's handwriting at an early age.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
1. SORT YOUR PENNIES
Preschool age children love coins! Empty out your coin purse and encourage your student to sort coins by shape, color and size. Picking up small coins increases fine motor skills.
2. PLAY COTTEN BALL HOCKEY
Grab a few fluffy cotton balls and some drinking straws and try your skills at cotton ball hockey! You can play two ways.
Use straws to blow the cotton pucks across your imaginary ice.
If you use the straws that include the bendable ends, you can fashion them into hockey sticks and use your hands to guide them across imaginary blue lines. Dixie cups make great nets!
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
3. OBSTACLE COURSES
Who does not love a silly obstacle course? Create one in your yard and invite the neighbor kids to join in. Cones, cardboard boxes, jump ropes, blow up toys, can all be used to make a great path. Instruct children to try the course a variety of ways.
4. SHOULDER HEIGHT
How long can you hold something at shoulder level or lower? Make up games with bean bags, balloons, balls or other funny objects. Children love relay races.
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5. WHAT IS MISSING?
Prepare a tray with random toys. Cover it with a napkin or towel. Can you name what was on the tray?
Create a circle or square on the floor, and place small toys in the center. Ask your child to hide their eyes while you remove one object. Can they guess what is missing?
6. CAR GAMES
License Plate Game- Learn letters by being the first to find letter "A" on a license plate while riding in the car.
Counting Cows- Look out the window on your side of the car. Begin to count the cows you see. The person with the most cows on their side is the winner.