Archive for February, 2011

Hand and Eye Coordination

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Yarn Balls ….. they can be made with different types of yarn and varying sizes. You will need the yarn (twine can be used as well), a small strip of cardboard (about 2 inches wide) and scissors.

 

Wrap the yarn around the cardboard – rotating the ‘ball’ to get it ’round’. When the ball has been completed to the desired size snip the yarn and thread the end into the yarn ball … bring it back through to the top and tie it off with a knot.

 

Tossing or even rolling the textured ball is a lot of fun for the little ones and will help develop the hand and eye skills.

Generalized Fine Motor Checklist for 18 to 24 Month Children

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Ever wonder if your child is on target for fine motor success? Most children of this age love to mimic what the teacher, parent or therapist is doing. Success is an individual destination but does come with some basic mapped guidelines for reaching it.

 

Can your child build a tower with four cubes? If he or she can, they are well on their way to positive fine motor development. Does your child clasp his/ her hands together and is capable of folding a piece of paper? Does your student love to play with clay? Do they tear small bits off of the mound of dough? Are your students mimicking crayon strokes when they are scribbling? Do they copy demonstrated horizontal, vertical and circular motions while coloring? Do they roll a ball when shown how to do it or toss a small ball across the room?

 

So far this list sounds just like playtime…. probably because this is what most little ones love to do. You will find that the exposure to these simple activities are steps in climbing the mountain to fine motor skills success.

 

Do they love to make a Cheerio bracelet that has been laced onto string licorice? Do they love to scoop dry rice into small bowls with a spoon? Do they love to pour sand out of a cup onto a cookie pan? Are they able to place a circle, triangle and / or square shape into the correct hole of a form board or puzzle cube? If you see the student doing all of these fun things, you know that your child is successfully climbing the fine motor skills mountain.

The success of accomplishing these simple, suggested activities are only a small portion of evaluating a child or student for any fine motor delays. Please keep in mind that an actual diagnosis of a delay should only be made by a professional diagnostician.