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Pencil Control and Fine Motor Skills

 

Try some of the activities below to develop your fine motor skills and pencil control.

Activities that involve pinching, and forming the 'crocodile' or 'bird's beak' shape with your fingers, are great for helping to develop your pencil grip!

Activities to develop fine motor skills

  • Playdough
    •  roll, poke, pat, pinch, squeeze
  • Threading
    • Thread beads, pasta or Cheerios onto a piece of string
  • Linking paper clips together
  • Using clothes pegs
  • Cutting
    • cut strips of paper and join to make a paper chain
    •  snip paper 
    • cut up playdough
    • fold and cut paper to make a snowflake
  • Sensory play
    • cornflour and water
    • sand
    • oats
    • mud 
    • flour
    • rice
  • Mark making
    • chalks
    • water with a paint brush on walls 
    • draw with your finger or a paintbrush in a tray of salt, flour or rice
Pencil control sheets

Mark Making 

Can you make marks?

Can you copy these different marks

 

  • on paper
  • with chalks
  • using water with a paint brush on walls 
  • draw with your finger or a paintbrush in a tray of salt, flour or rice
Dough Disco

Dough dance/finger gym routine | Down in the Jungle | Nursery rhyme with playdough


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