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Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers

Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers Preschools provide many opportunities for play and motor skill development.  Recent research attempted to answer the question regarding the outcomes of motor skill interventions versus play-based lessons for preschoolers.  The study participants included 149 Hispanic pre-K children from low socioeconomic status.  All of the children were evaluated […]

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Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children

Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children

Manual Dexterity and Cognitive Functioning in Children Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research examining the relationship of manual dexterity and cognitive functioning in children after neonatal arterial ischemic stroke regardless of a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. The participants included 60 children with a past history of neonatal arterial ischemic stroke without epilepsy.  Fifteen children had a […]

Color, Cut, and Glue Giraffe Project – FREEBIE

Color, Cut, and Glue Giraffe Project This fun, NO PREP, Color, Cut, and Glue Giraffe Project is FREE to download from Your Therapy Source.  Practice scissors skills, fine motor skills, sequencing and more with this one page black and white freebie. DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COLOR, CUT, AND GLUE GIRAFFE PROJECT HERE. This freebie is from […]

Fine Motor Skills and Vocabulary Development

Fine Motor Skills and Vocabulary Development

Fine Motor Skills and Vocabulary Development Recently, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology published research examining the fine motor skills and vocabulary development in 90 preschool children.  Two experiments were carried out assessing the response latencies to 45 lexical items along with fine motor skills, reasoning, and general receptive/expressive vocabulary.  The 45 lexical items consisted […]

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Fine Motor Skills and Reading

Fine Motor Skills and Reading

Fine Motor Skills and Reading Prior to kindergarten, fine motor skills are important for school readiness.  Research indicates that fine motor skills play a role in cognition and language development.  The Journal of Research in Reading recently investigated the relationship between fine motor skills and reading development in 144 kindergartners in Germany.  Each child was […]

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Fine Motor and Executive Function Skills with a Winter Theme

Fine Motor and Executive Function Skills with a Winter Theme from the Winter Skill Builders Packet Three Free Sample Pages

Fine Motor and Executive Function Skills with a Winter Theme Do you struggle to find the time to plan out therapy sessions?  These no-prep activities encourage fine motor and executive function skills with a Winter theme.  And… they are FREE!  The black and white pages are super easy to print off and start working with […]

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Big Shape and Letter Puzzles – Visual Spatial Task

Visual Spatial Task This visual spatial task is simple to create and incorporates many developmental skills.  Gather up wooden blocks or any shapes you may have.  I had some foam letters to use but you could use regular puzzle pieces, letter stencils or cookie cutter letters.   Get a large piece of paper or old file […]

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Fine Motor Skills Linked to Numerical Skill Development

Fine Motor Skills Linked to Numerical Skill Development

Fine Motor Skills Linked to Numerical Skill Development When you walk into any preschool classroom, you will observe children using their fingers to count.  Finger counting helps children to represent numbers and later influences the ability to complete arithmetic problems.  The ability to count usually develops side by side with fine motor skill development.  Many […]

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Functional Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Household Items

Functional Fine Motor Activities

Functional Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Household Items Functional fine motor activities for kids are so important to childhood development.  They are the building blocks for higher level skills such as using scissors, drawing, dressing, eating, handwriting and more!  Children need to experience frequent practice with fine motor activities to refine the movements in […]

Picture Pokes Freebie to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Strengthen fine motor skills

Picture Pokes Freebie to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills Are you familiar with poke pictures?  If not, they are pictures comprised of dots for children to poke to strengthen fine motor skills, improve hand mechanics and help with pencil grasp and control when children start writing.  They are perfect for fine motor centers in the classroom […]