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How are his gross motor skills? I have read working on gross motor skills will also transfer to small motor skills. Kids need a store core to develop the smaller muscles.
A few ideas for the small motor skills I haven't seen mentioned yet:
wheel barrow walking
play dough, graduating to harder clays
building with legos (if legos are to hard try duplo)
peg boards or light bright type toys
matching nuts and bolts
working on self help skills (buttons, zippers, making sandwiches, twisting off caps )
|Even though the book is intended for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, it is a collection of some of the best preschool and up activities I've seen (and I have a LOT of such books). Any kid would have fun with these. As a pp mentioned, gross motor development helps fine motor development (oh, if I only knew then, what I know now...).
The Out of Sync Child Has Fun
My 4yr old has a similiar issue. He is in OT for sensory processing and hand strength is something we're working on - along with lots of other things :-) His hands are pretty weak - he can hold writing utensils correctly, but would rather fist them, he needs frequent reminders to use a fork at dinner (little brother is still learning to self feed, which doesn't help), and he struggles with buttons, zippers, etc. http://scribinglife.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/lent-day-2
Big brother can not do a zipper or buttons, i don't know it is it OT issues or jsut he has yet to learn -- this age is so duffcult that way. !!! He has OT assessment today via the school for his IEP
My kiddo dislikes anything that looks like "school", so the OT and I have had to be a bit sneaky - but we are seeing progress:
Just today I was in Home Depot and bought 2 6 inch carriage bolts and a handful of hex nuts. Screwing them on and off has been a hit.
This is on my list.
Pounding golf tees into stiff modeling clay with a wooden mallet. (Setting the tee works on his fingers, the nailing is good "heavy work") ...
i need to get some of this -- he needs heave work too but he gets a bit wild with a mallet
Hunting for small objects - like plastic math manipulatives - in stiff modeling clay. (Play-doh is great, but it doesn't offer much resistance)
we do this with playdough, but yes it is too soft. i need to get clay.
We have a Kumon cutting workbook, which he likes OK. I try to do 1-2 pages at a sitting, every 3-4 days, so he doesn't get sick of it.
As others have suggested, fine motor and gross motor work together, so continued attention to gross motor will help too: working at an easel, finger painting with shaving cream on a glass door then using the garden hose to clean off said door, etc.
Just to provide you with a data point, my daughter, who has no delays at all, just learned to zip her own jacket this week, at 5 years, 3 months.
I never tried to teach her, because I figured she'd ask for help learning when she was ready. It seemed like a hard skill to me- I still mess it up, and I'm not a kid!
I don't think she can do buttons, though she can do snaps. She writes and draws well, cuts accurately, etc.
Let me know if you see any. I know about the short crayola but I want tiny.
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