Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fine Motor Skills Push Pin Letter Activity for Preschool

Here is an easy activity to work on fine motor skills and really get your little ones focusing on how those letters are formed. It only takes 3 materials and my kids were so excited to work on their letters.
Fine Motor Skills Push Pin Letter Activity for Preschool - Mamas Like Me
For this activity, we used:
An old cardboard box (cut up to protect our work surface)
A paper with the letter drawn on it
Highlighter (optional)
Large Push Pin

First, we traced the letter D with our highlighter.  We were working on the Letter D with our Dinosaur activities.  I happened to print this letter from Teachers Pay Teachers, but you could easily draw your own on any piece of paper.
Fine Motor Skills Push Pin Letter Activity for Preschool - Mamas Like Me
Then, the kids carefully used their push pins to poke as many holes as they could in their letters.  As they worked, we talked about how to form the 'D' going dooowwwn, then back up to the top and aaaarrrrounnnnnd.  And, yes, I dragged those words out just like that to get them to focus on how we were making our letter.
 Fine Motor Skills Push Pin Letter Activity for Preschool - Mamas Like Me
(Please note that every child is different and only YOU know whether your child is ready to handle a push pin.  My 3-year-olds did great with this and were extremely proud of themselves for working with something sharp.  I recommend giving them plenty of space to work so they aren't tempted to turn it into a toy or try to poke everyone.  For us, this made a great safety lesson as well as a fine motor skill and letter activity.)
Fine Motor Skills Push Pin Letter Activity for Preschool - Mamas Like Me
I love this activity because it can easily be adapted to any letter, shape, or number and the kids really love the novelty!

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2 comments:

  1. I love doing this activity but I work with children with special needs and push pins scare me! I use golf tees instead. If the need help on grasping the tee I will secure a rubber band around that tip where i want them to hold it. Works like a charm :)

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    1. Mariana - thanks so much for your comment! I love the idea of the golf tees, as well! I was VERY nervous about the push pins and pleasantly surprised by how well they did with them! Thanks for the tip!!

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