Are you looking for fun ways to freshen up your kindergarten and preschool hands on activities, centers, or morning tubs? I’ve got just the thing for you! Fine motor tubs filled with fresh and exciting activities that boost hand strength, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and social skills are the perfect solution. And the best part is, they’re easy to set up and can be used all year round! Check out my top picks for kindergarten and preschool students below.
Why are kindergarten + preschool hands on activities so important?
Adding fun fine motor morning tubs to your classroom is a great way to help your students develop important skills that will benefit them for life. By providing a variety of materials and focusing on the joy of play, creativity, and exploration, you can keep your students engaged and excited about learning all day long. Plus, these activities are perfect for giving your students a much-needed break throughout the day.
1. Color Sorting with Tweezers
Sorting objects by color is a fun and effective method to improve fine motor skills and practice sorting by attributes. To make sorting more engaging and work on color recognition, you can use crayon color cards with your students. Just add some tweezers and your favorite loose parts to these fine motor tubs, and your students will have a blast sorting objects by color. Instead of pom poms, you can also use counting bears, mini erasers, links, or any other small objects you prefer.
2. Cutting Practice Worksheets
Coloring, cutting, and gluing to create a collage is so much fun! These alphabet collage sheets are excellent for helping kids practice their cutting skills, learn their letters, and recognize beginning sounds. And the best part? They get to color in all the cute pictures as they go! Just print them out, grab some crayons or colored pencils, scissors, and glue, and you’re good to go.
3. Shape Tracing Cards
These bright and cheery shape tracing cards are perfect for helping your students recognize different shapes and improve their pencil control skills. Instead of using dry-erase markers, you can use these fun cards with sand or salt writing trays. For fine motor morning tubs, I like to pair these shape tracing cards with small objects to line up on the shapes. Some favorites are mini erasers or buttons.
4. Tear Art Crafts
Making tear art is a fantastic way to improve fine motor skills. Let your students’ creativity flow by tearing up some colorful pieces of paper and then gluing them to make their unique craft. This activity is a great way to use up your leftover paper scraps. Your students will have so much fun ripping and gluing the paper to create their own masterpieces. Plus, this activity is wonderful for building those finger muscles needed for writing.
5. Kindergarten + preschool hands on activities for the year!
Want to keep your little learners engaged and excited all year round? Incorporate fun and creative fine motor activities into your lesson plans! Not only will your students have a blast, but they’ll also develop strong handwriting muscles. Check out my shop for a variety of year-long fine motor activities and morning tub ideas that your students will love.
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