Today I walked and there were seven boxes from Amazon.com© containing various items from Play Doh©! We can really develop their handwriting, fine motor skills on a daily basis.
These items were funded by various individual and Play Doh© corporation. I posted the project “Daily Workout for Fingers” on DonorsChoose.org in October and the final funding occurred on December 31, 2014.
Developing handwriting skills involves more than just picking up a pen and making marks on a paper. It involves strengthening their fine motor skills, so that they can write creatively, paint, cut and put other artistic project without tiring their hands. It is much like training for a marathon.
The items from this project will help me entice my students to:
Improve their handwriting
Strengthen their fine motor skills
Inspire them to use these items to work on those skills during free time.
The project includes a lot, and I do mean a lot, of Play Doh ©. I was concerned that the various project would not have enough Play Doh© to complete this objective over a significant length of time.
The project includes a lot, a lot of Play doh©, which is great because I was concerned that the various projects would not have enough Play Doh©. I do! Thanks to the donors, I have three boxes that contain 36 cans of various Play Doh©. In addition, there are toys, cooking, trucks, tools and a book to help me with the lesson. Over the next six weeks, I will be developing unit that include tactile lessons, fine motor lessons, endurance and improve their creative skills.
Here are the highlights of the objectives that I will develop. I will post the units in my Teacher store and will post lessons on this blog.
1. Do Now Exercise:
2. Scissors skills
3. Eye Hand coordination
4. Creative stories (writing and projects)
5. iPad App
Included with the lessons will rituals and routines in order to prevent damage and loss of materials. These lessons will have specific objectives designed for student with development issues, specifically in the fine motor and tactile area. The lesson can also be used for student ages 2-8 years old.
I hope you find the hints useful and the lessons worth the time to read this blog.