We had a lot of fun this last week. We learned about cars, trucks, walking, bikes, and animals you can ride.
We used our hands a lot this last week. We used our hands to pick up, pinch, grab, rotate, tie, thread, roll, squeeze, push, and pull. We are developing our fine motor skills which is going to help us prepare for writing in the future.
A few activities we did this week to help us strengthen our hands were playing in kinetic sand, puzzles, pushing cars, pulling trucks, and tying string.
We used our hands to play in kinetic sand. We rolled different objects in the sand to see what tracks, or indentations, we might get. The students played construction with the sand. They also pretended that they were building something in the sand.
We used our hands to build puzzles. The students rotated, flipped, and fit pieces together to complete each puzzle. They had to use prior knowledge, thinking skills and deductive reasoning to figure out where each puzzle piece needed to go.
We used our hands to play with toy cars. We played a game this week to practice our shapes and numbers. Mother Goose Time sent a paper parking lot that had the numbers 1-6 on it. They also sent paper cars with shapes on it. I have a pocket cube with shapes in it and a die. The students rolled both cubes to see which number each shape car went to. If they rolled a square and the number 2, then the car with the square on it would get parked in the parking lot in parking spot number 2. They had a blast playing and practicing their shapes and numbers. After the game was over, a few of the students asked if they could play with the parking lot with the toy cars at the car center. I let them take it and they had so much fun pretending to park all the cars in the different spots.
One of our art activities this week was making a toy truck. The students had so much fun filling up the truck bed and pushing/pulling it around the room. The students were giving their stuffed animals a ride. It was cute.
One last activity we did this week with our hands was we threaded string through holes and tied the shoe lace onto the paper boot. The students had fun looping the string through the holes, but most of them struggled with tying. I taught them how to tie the boot, but it’s a skill that needs to be practiced over and over again. I am proud of what they did accomplish.
We use our hands every day for so many tasks. Developing strength and coordination is important to be able to do all the things you want with your hands. The activities we did this week will help us develop the strength and coordination we need.
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