Fine motor skills are essential for skills that get mastered after my students leave my classroom, like handwriting, shoe tying, and eventually typing and carving a Thanksgiving turkey. However, just because your students won’t master these skills during the duration of PreK doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work on the foundation, and that means working on fine motor skills in all kinds of fun ways. This week it meant making dot sticker bugs at the art table during free choice. This fine motor craft for preschool is open-ended ( one of my students just decorated a paper with the dots, awesome!), offers the right amount of challenge, and can easily fit into a bug theme. It also offers students an authentic, meaningful reason to use colored pencils in a precise way.
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Gather your materials. I popped some strips of paper, dot stickers ( I bought them here), colored pencils, and scissors on our art table.
Most of my students who participated in this fine motor craft started with the stickers, but you could start by trimming the paper with scissors or drawing. These little stickers are superheroes when it comes to fine motor development. Peeling them off the backing and placing them on the paper is tricky and just the fine motor challenge my students need.
Then they added some body parts with the colored pencils.
I loved this spider!
Then some trimmed their paper with scissors, I have been making sure we all get lots of opportunities to practice with scissors before kindergarten.
Voila! Look at these bugs!
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