Fun Fine Motor Idea

I've written before about the number of young children starting school with under developed fine motor skills. My solution this term? To supply some take home activity packs to my students that are simple to do at home but focus on building up the strength in those small hands.
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Fun Fine Motor Skills Activity - print your own dot mat for some fun fine motor practice. Perfect for preschoolers to strengthen the fine motor muscles in their hands at home or at school | you clever monkey
The first of these take home fine motor activities has been this water dropper printable.

It's simple to use. The challenge is to fill each of the coloured dots with matching coloured water with a pipette without overfilling the dot. 


Fun Fine Motor Skills Activity - print your own dot mat for some fun fine motor practice. Perfect for preschoolers to strengthen the fine motor muscles in their hands at home or at school | you clever monkey


The idea came from watching the students in my class paint with pipettes and realising that those children with a puddle of coloured paint in front of them were also the ones struggling to hold a pencil correctly. 

This activity was designed to capitalise on their enjoyment of using the pipettes to paint but wanting them to develop some control over their hand-eye co-ordination whilst also strengthening their pincer grips. The feedback from the students and their parents has overwhelmingly been one of approval so watch this space for more fine motor fun!

I also think this activity would also great match to the book 'Press Here' - a fantastic interactive book for exploring colour.




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Fun Fine Motor Skills Activity - print your own dot mat for some fun fine motor practice. Perfect for preschoolers to strengthen the fine motor muscles in their hands at home or at school | you clever monkey


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5 comments

  1. What a refreshing approach to 'homework'!

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    1. lol Danya! I freely admit that I'm not a fan of homework preferring children at this age play and read after school but with so many of my students still needing to develop fine motor strength, I just wanted to provide some playful ideas they could try at home that included some sneaky fine motor practice :)

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  2. How do I get the printables on your page? When I click on the picture it redirects me to a page where it says to enter my email to get the printable, I've done that about 5 times and still can't figure out how to get it. I didn't receive an email or anything. Thank you!

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    1. To ensure no-one else is using your email address without your permission, it is set up so that you need to click through a link on an email sent to you at the email address you had subscribed with. Amanda, have you checked your junk mail folder or spam? Could the email have ended up there? Otherwise can you email me at youclevermonkey@gmail.com and I can send you the file that way :)

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    2. Thanks for responding so quickly! I can't find the email anywhere so I will just send you an email, thank you! :)

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