|You can make these or buy wooden shapes from Melissa & Doug|
This one is very cool. You take a corn cob holder and cut off one of the pokey ends. Take a paper shape, mount it on a piece of carpet, and have the child punch all the way around the shape. You can then manipulate the shape out of the paper and hang it up.
|See how each one has 2 pins? You cut one of them off. The little corn handle helps the child's pincer grasp.|
They have to really concentrate. I suppose a push pin could work, too, but they might not get enough hold on the end
of a pin.
Manipulating with Tongs
|The idea here is that the child will use the tongs for placing objects (cotton balls, small pebbles, beans) from|
one bowl to another.
This is very cool! You take a travel size spray bottle (3.5 oz.) and fill it with a diluted glass cleaner solution. Set up a few glass items and have the child clean them with the spray bottle and a cotton ball. You can then advance the child to detailing the hard to reach areas with a Q-tip.
|Tracing in Sand|
|Mount tracing paper onto printed paper that has these types of lines with paper clips.|
The child then uses a pencil to trace them.
|Tracing with a finger on sandpaper letters|
I hope these little activities help you if you need the help. All of these things are easy to put together and do with your child. I'm glad I'm cataloguing them here for when our next child needs help with these basic skills.