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Fine Motor Skills Needed at School and Classroom Activities to Help

This post is part of the Functional Skills for Kids series where Sugar Aunts joined other Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists in exploring functional skills of childhood!

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We simply don’t have the luxury to focus on one skill at a time in our classrooms. Our kids have SO.MUCH. to work on. And once we get some momentum, we’ve gotta roll with it and squeeze in every ounce of learning we can! I love incorporating fine motor skills into our academic learning. It also makes things more interactive and engaging for my learners. Check out some of my favorites.

Incorporating Fine Motor Skills and Academics

We simply don’t have the luxury to focus on one skill at a time in our classrooms. Our kids have SO.MUCH. to work on. And once we get some momentum, we’ve gotta roll with it and squeeze in every ounce of learning we can! I love incorporating fine motor skills into our academic learning. It also makes things more interactive and engaging for my learners. Check out some of my favorites.

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20+ Simple Hands On Activities That Help Build Fine Motor Skills

20+ Simple Hands-On Activities That Help Build Fine Motor Skills - with fine motor skills going missing at preschool, try some of these hands-on invitations to help strengthen fine motor skills | you clever monkey

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INCLUSION: HOW TO PROVIDE OT SERVICES IN THE CLASSROOM

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Pencil Grasp Reference Cheat Sheet

These free cheat sheets identify the age related milestones for hand function, pencil grip (grasp) and drawing skills in children aged 1 to 7 years.

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HANDWRITING DEVELOPMENT: SIZING, SPACING, ALIGNMENT, AND MORE

Handwriting is COMPLICATED and one of the most common reasons for occupational therapy referrals in the primary school setting is messy handwriting. Often, kids don’t have exposure to or have never mastered the fundamental prewriting skills they need to move on to later developing handwriting skills like sizing, formation and construction, alignment, and spacing. #functionalskillsforkids

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Tracing Letters with Water Just tried this with my 3.5 year old and she loved it! This was the longest she has stayed engaged in a writing activity all year! So excited!

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Holey TP Roll Threading with Straws! Inexpensive Fine Motor activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers! www.acraftyliving.com

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