When I created the names for our math centers, I never anticipated how much my class would embrace them. I was so surprised back in October when they would come in on Monday morning and tell each other "It is Motor Skills Monday today!"
I knew that I wanted to have a entire math day each week with the focus being on motor skills. My class last year really struggled with pencil grip and cutting. I used a lot of the components I use now, but having them all one day really stresses the importance of the skill.
We spent a lot of time talking in the fall about how the muscles in our hands need to have exercise just like our bodies. I would tell them stories about my 5th grade students and how they struggled with handwriting and cutting. This helped them to understand how it important it was for them to work hard to build these muscles.
First up is our cut and color activity. All of these worksheets come from The Crazy Pre-K Classroom's Scissor Skills unit.
Hole punchers and edger scissors
tweezers and a whole lot of fun stuff to pick up! I included unfix cubes, pattern blocks, dominoes, popsicle sticks, foam pieces, coins, ribbons, paper and money in our bin.
We like to play this in a groups of 2 or 3. Each student challenges another student to pick up a certain item. The rule is that you can only use your tweezer, not your other hand or any fingers!
Ice cube trays and beads
ice cube tray with sharpie. I added in some beads and and some tweezers to help them count and place the correct number of beads into each slot.
I also included some pipe cleaners for beading bracelets. They love making patterns on these bracelets. Some kids like to string on as many beads as they can fit, then they estimate how many are on it before they count them. I love the ways in which they modify and challenge themselves at each center!
lacing beads. They use them to create patterns as well as build towers! One of my youngest students came running over to show me this tower he made. My favorite moment was when he told me that he even got the sphere to sit on the top of it! <3
Creating Teaching Inspiring's class. She shared the amazing cats her class made on Instagram a few weeks ago.
I showed them to my class and they were so excited to try out cats on their boards. I didn't help them at all, so it took them a few minutes to realize that they needed to turn their geoboards over in order to create the circle for its face!
Now that they have discovered the circle on the back, their favorite thing to do is make pizzas!
These nuts and bolts are my newest purchase. I think they will be more beneficial in the beginning of the year, but I could not resist trying them out with this class.
What I like about them is that you can put as many nuts on the bolt as you wish, but the more you put on, the trickier it gets! I think they are going to enjoy this challenge!
They love coming up to me to show how easy it is to cut small items, string beads and use the hole punchers. I love the sense of pride and accomplishment they achieve at the end of each Motor Skills Monday!
Up next, part 3 - 100's Activities Tuesday!
How do you incorporate motor skills into your classroom?