Those little kindergarten hands are amazing. Think of all the things those little hands have learned to do in the last 5 or 6 years…whoa…it is just mind blowing!
A big part of any kindergarteners success with kindergarten skills is the strength of their hands as well as their dexterity. Lots of our literacy work, math work, and play choices are designed to build fine motor skills as well as practice academic content.
Fill a tray with sand, salt, or coffee grounds. Definitely use decaf coffee grounds! Little fingers can draw, write letters or their name. Your child can also use a small paintbrush or chopstick. If you really want to get crazy, you could do the same thing with shaving cream. That could be cool on the shower wall during bath time!
Clothes Pin Play
Clothes pins are a great way to build hand strength and gripping needed to hold a pencil. Kids can clip them on the edge of thin plastic bowls. Some kids will be happy just clipping away. Other kids might need a more structured activity. You can make a counting game out of it by giving asking your child to clip a certain number to the bowl or giving them a dice to roll. You can color or decorate the clothes pins with markers so your child can sort and clip or clip patterns.
Here is a link to a blog post I found that has ideas of fine motor materials you can buy. I have not tried any of these yet, but I would love to buy some for our classroom. This would be a great list to pass onto grandparents who love to spoil kids.