Exercising fine motor muscles is so important for developing so many future skills. Using fingers to create marks and letters is a great way to support pre writing skills and exercise fine motor muscles.
You will need
- a plastic tray
- some shaving foam
What to do
Using a transparent plastic tray can extend this activity in different directions. You can stick letters or different shapes under the tray and the children can use them to trace and create marks! This can be tailored for different age groups, the youngest learners can just explore the texture of the shaving foam with their tactile sense. As children get older, you can extend and change the purpose of the activity into literacy and pre writing.
- Uses language as a powerful means of widening contacts, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts.
- Uses a variety of questions, such as ‘what’, where’, ‘who’.
- Distinguishes between the different marks they make.
- Beginning to have a dominant hand.
- Experiments with blocks, colours and marks.
- Beginning to use representation to communicate, e.g. drawing a line and saying ‘That’s me.’
- Beginning to recognise shapes.
- Makes connections between their movement and the marks they make.
Ask your child
- What can you feel?
- What marks can you make?
- What have you made?
- Can you follow the line/shape/letter?
- Can you use your finger to make something?