This dot to dot activity is excellent for fine motor play.
I will sound like a broken record, but this dot to dot matching fine motor activity helps with pencil grip! We want to do easy ideas like this before we ask our child to write the letters.
Simply put, this activity is a risk-free way to practice lines, curves, and pencil grip.
Before we ask a child to write a letter or a number, we must first allow them to explore how a marker feels in their hands and discover ways to move it along the paper.
You also know that you don’t have to think of these ideas on your own. You’ve got me for that!
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Simple ideas have big rewards.
As caregivers, we don’t want to spend enormous amounts of time creating activities for our children. We don’t have time for that.
We want to keep the parts and pieces to a minimum. – Too many supplies can easily distract young children from what we are sharing with them.
Here we are; a piece of paper, some dot stickers, and a marker to practice writing in its simplest fashion.
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Three supplies, three different ways to play
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Let’s make this activity on three different levels!
For my three-year-old, my goal is to help him gain comfort in holding a marker. I want him to play around with different hand grips and have different opportunities to form lines and curves.
He loves color matching, so I knew this simple activity would invite him right into play.
My five-year-old has a good grip and is continuing to practice writing letters.
I took the same idea, rather than matching colors; he matched lower to uppercase letters.
My seven-year-old connected the dots to count by 2’s. He’s working on skip counting, and this is a great way to practice the repetition.
We can take a simple fine motor idea and match it to our child’s needs.
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What’s happening behind the scenes
- Pencil grip
- Hand-eye coordination
- Holding a steady hand
- Matching similar objects and following a sequence
- Using a marker in a risk-free way to get comfortable with lines and curves
So much going on with so little prep!
Ready to get started with this dot to dot fine motor activity? Me too!