Targeting Fine Motor Skills In Work Boxes

Our students have a lot of needs and require a lot of practice in order to master and retain skills. It is important to figure out ways for tasks to do "double duty." We need to use and design tasks that use students' time to the fullest. Here are some fine motor activities to integrate into any themed work box.

Fine motor ideas for work boxes

5 Ideas For Adding Fine Motor Skills Into Work Boxes

It is winter here in NY, so my students are picking up "snowballs" with over-sized tweezers. These tweezers take focus and require fine motor skills. You could use a variety of items to be picked up depending on your current theme. For example, students could pick up yellow "gold" pom poms for St. Patrick's Day themed boxes. Add a component of math by having students count the items into the container when given a number. 
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No matter which theme we are doing, we also have clip cards in work boxes. With clip cards, fine motor is combined with another skills. In the picture below, fine motor and math skills are both targeted. Clip cards can be used with clothespins or paperclips to target fine motor skills. Want to practice writing skills? Simply have students circle the answer with a dry erase marker. The clip cards in the picture are in the making sets resources you can find HERE.

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Another fun fine motor activity is stretching rubber bands onto a cup or similar item. Not sure why, but my class loves this one! If you want to integrate other skills into this fine motor task you could have students make a pattern or extend a pattern using colored rubber bands.

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You can also add in cut and paste fine motor tasks. The one pictured below targets cutting, visual motor skills, tracking, one to one correspondence and gluing. This is one of the worksheets in the making sets resource.

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If your focus is more on pre-writing and writing skills, you could add in a worksheet where the student needs to respond in writing rather than pasting his answer. Again, you can target these fine motor skills while integrating a ton of other skills. 

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I hope that these ideas have sparked an idea for you to use in your classroom. 
Have a great idea on how to integrate fine motor skills practice? Please leave a comment so we can all learn!


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