Perfect for morning tubs, early finishers, centers, or busy boxes, these fine motor activities target development of fine motor skills in young children.
This set includes ideas and materials for 18 fine motor bins. These simple crafts, task cards, and activities are designed to promote the development of fine motor skills in young children. Simple enough to be completed independently, these task boxes can be used in the mornings when children first come to school, as a quiet break later in the day, or by individual students as they finish their other work. Each task includes a printable label, picture directions, and other materials (such as pattern cards to be laminated or craft templates that are consumable). Many activities require the inclusion of other classroom items such as math manipulatives or craft supplies. Please see the included materials list.
Each of the 18 included fine motor tasks is designed to fit into a standard plastic pencil box. This allows for easy storage and organization. To prepare, print and laminate the activity label and instructions as well as the printable activity materials. Tape the activity label to the outside of the box and the illustrated instruction card inside the lid. Place all listed materials inside the box.
When preparing these boxes, consider how you want to use them. If you want your whole class to work with them at the same time (and you have more than 18 students), choose some boxes to make two of until you have enough for all of your students.
This set includes:
Clip Cards (colors and shapes)
Write & Wipe Mazes
Letter Punch Cards
Number Punch Cards
Make Something! (cut and glue activity)
Silly Hair Craft (cut and glue activity)
Tissue Paper Pictures
Torn Paper Letters
copy paper, card stock, laminator/film
clothespins (approx. 5)
child’s tweezers (1)
¾” circular counters
red, yellow, green, blue, purple
connecting cubes (approx. 30)
math links (plastic chain links)
red, blue, yellow, green
dry erase markers/erasers
playdough (small container)
shoe laces (at least 2)
hole punches (2)
child’s scissors (3 pairs)
tag board or one file folder
Why practice fine motor skills?
Research shows that well-developed fine motor skills in young children are a predictor of academic success. It makes sense that children with dexterity and hand strength would be more successful in a classroom that requires writing and drawing, but researchers have found that the connection goes beyond that. Through a series of studies using longitudinal data that tracked students from kindergarten through eighth grade, researchers determined that strong fine motor skills in the early years of life help form connections in the brain that lead to greater academic achievement throughout the school years. Unfortunately, advances in technology have led many families away from traditional activities that promote fine motor development. The time that many children spend using computers, tablets, and smart phones is time that they are not spending building, drawing, and manipulating objects in the world around them. Many children are beginning school with a deficit of motor skills, both gross and fine. It is important for schools to give children many opportunities to build those skills.
These boxes can be used alone or as supplements to my other fine motor task boxes.
You may also be interested in my Geoboards Task Cards or Homework Choice Boards.
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