As a child I always loved playing with a little clothesline that I would tie between trees while hanging my little doll clothes on it. When I taught kindergarten, I used a clothesline as a station center but instead of hanging clothes on it, the children used it to work on building fine motor skills of pinching open clothespins, placing pieces to be clipped in the right place and making patterns or matching items together. They loved it and would have the cutest, serious expressions on their … [Read more...] about Clothesline Clipping- Ornaments
Archives for December 2010
The My Obstacle Course station ideas I gave yesterday included toys and tools that we have accumulated through the years as holiday and birthday gifts as well as some things that we purchased for him to work on his motor skills. Today I will focus more on things that I have around my house and are fairly common things in the houses of young children. Go On A Treasure Hunt In Your Own Home And You Might Be Surprised At What You Can Use!! I encourage you to be creative, go out to the garage or … [Read more...] about Energetic Children Part 2
The next two posts are specifically for all of you out there with children who are really active and need to be moving around (like my child!). One of the things about My Obstacle Course that has made such a huge difference for us is the fact that the activity stations are not long, drawn out, "sit here for an hour" things. They are quick, to the point and then move on, which is why the activities I show you are also quick and easy to make! Holy Cow! Where Is All Of This Energy Coming From … [Read more...] about Energetic Children?
I love this activity and have used it with my kindergarten students as well as with my son. So easy and so fun! What You Need For A Hammering Station: These three things, put together, help build fine motor skills as well as motor planning. If they have difficulty with this, help them by placing your hand over theirs (called “hand over hand”) and striking the tee together. … [Read more...] about Hammer Away!
Need To Help Your Child build Fine Motor Skills? You're Not Alone! One thing that has come up over and over again when working with other parents is a desire to build fine motor skills with their children. Since I also have a child who has difficulties with fine motor skills, handwriting in particular (he didn’t start writing letters until he was 6 and we are still working on legibility), I have searched for and tried lots of things to help him. Some of them worked great for him others not … [Read more...] about Handwriting Helpers
I have posted before on how much I love using sensory bins as activity stations in My Obstacle Courses (probably as much as Andrew loves having them!) and showed how to make a Sensory Bean Bin. This Snowy Sensory Bin is perfect for a winter themed Obstacle Course and you can see it in action by watching the YouTube video clip at the bottom of this post. Mini-Ornaments- Not Just For Trees Anymore! When I made my first snowy sensory bin, I found a bunch of mini-ornaments for miniature trees … [Read more...] about Snowy Sensory Bin