Just over a year ago, Fine Motor Fridays was launched so today, we are celebrating it big time! In addition to today's light table fine motor activity, we're launching a brand new book called 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5. It's a fabulous collection of fine motor crafts and activities, making it a perfect resource for parents, educators, and caregivers. Each activity in the book can be easily modified to suit your needs. So to show you what you can expect from our book, each member of the Fine Motor Fridays group took an activity from the book and put their own spin on it!
I chose this super simple prewriting sensory activity by Kristina of School Time Snippets and put it on the light table.
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Simple Light Table Activity for Kids: Shaving Cream Dot to Dot
The original activity from the book was a shaving cream dot to dot. When I first looked through the book, it was the first activity that popped out at me. I knew right away it would be something that my boys would enjoy. I put little squirts of shaving cream all over the light table. The shaving cream we had on hand starts off as a clear blue gel, but turns white as you lather it up. That's why my dots look sort of blue.
The idea is to use the fingers to connect the dots, but my boys had other ideas. Like J, who smeared the dots.
K was kind of hesitant to play with the shaving cream, but I did manage to get him showing off his shaving cream hands.
Once all the shaving cream was good and smeary (is that a real word?), J started drawing letters and shapes. He wrote his name.
And he wrote some words and numbers. I believe he was writing 32 million here because you know, only my 5 year old would do that.
Some more number writing (and erasing) led to...
Exploring math concepts of greater than or less than. "Seventy-four is greater than seventeen." True story! And I have no idea why J sometimes writes his number 7 like that. Not even sure where he picked it up from!
Other Fine Motor Ideas You'll Love
Snack Hunt from Craftulate
Sewing Spider Webs from Still Playing School
Sight Word Crayon Rubbing Plates from P is for Preschooler
Flower Garden from Powerful Mothering
Play Dough Alphabet Search & Sort from Stir the Wonder
See & Spray Game from School Time Snippets
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Activity from Lalymom
Unwrapping Activity from House of Burke
Sight Word & Name Game Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands