Have you tried Sticker Match to help pencil grip?
You must! This learning through play activity is simple, easy to set-up, and is packed with a fine motor punch. Sticker Match is also a risk-free way to improve pencil grip!
So gather your toddler and preschooler, and let’s get these chubby little fingers moving.
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What activities are helpful for fine motor skills?
Fine motor activities need to include small hand movements. These are simple play prompts that will strengthen hands and also help pencil grip.
Here is a terrific list of ways to improve fine motor skills:
- Learning and practicing how to cut
- Kneading clay
- Using tongs
- Squeezing squirt bottles
- Grasping blocks
- Pinching Legos
- Playing with Playdough
- Squirting water bottles
- Getting dressed and buttoning buttons
We need fine motor activities like these! (and these 50+ ways to improve fine motor skills)
Sticker Match will improve fine motor skills at home.
I’m with you. I get it. We want simple to set up, easy to execute ideas.
Good news! Fine motor activities can be played at home without a lot of fuss.
Here, the idea is effortless. Preschoolers look for similar stickers and begin to match the two bringing the marker from left to right.
RELATED: Curious how all of these activities help with holding a pencil? Here’s everything you need to know about pencil grip.
Here’s what is going on behind the scenes with Sticker Match:
- Helping with practice holding a pencil in a risk-free way.
- Working left to right is preparing eye-tracking for reading and writing words down the road.
- Matching the same stickers is improving paying attention to details.
- Expanding vocabulary through conversation.
- Helping YOU drink your coffee hot. – New here? We call these simple learning games Breakfast Invitations. Simple play prompts to start your day with creativity and coffee. (wink, wink)
Let’s get set up
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Here’s what you’ll need
Tape the white paper to the table. Add the same stickers to either side of the paper.
Invite your preschooler to use their marker to match from left to right.
When they are finished, encourage any creative lines and twists that your child wants to add. Remember, the goal is to practice using a marker in a risk-free environment. We want to take the early years to build momentum for more rigorous tasks down the road.
Sticker Match is a blast every time!