Valentine’s Day Busy Bag Activity
and a few heart cookie cutters. I showed Little Sister (age 3) how to sort the beads by color into the hearts. She had a blast examining each bead and saying “Oh, this one looks pinkish! Oh this one looks purple-ish!”
Fine Motor Valentine’s Day Activity
Manipulating the beads in the big bin to grab certain colors works on some great fine motor skills. You need to pick up the beads with a pincer grasp (tips of the pointer finger and thumb) with fine dexterity. Once she grasped a bead, Little Sister would “squirrel away” the colors into the palm of the hand. This transfer of beads from the tips of the fingers into the palm of the hand is in-hand manipulation(fingers to palm translation). Manipulating small items like beads in this way works on the muscles of the hands and is a great way to work on pre-handwriting or handwriting skills. A child needs strength of the intrinsic muscles (the muscles within the hand) to manipulate the pencil and maintain endurance for writing and coloring.
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