Fine Motor Skills, Clothespin Style

Confession:  I haven’t put a whole lot of effort into developing my kids’ fine motor skills.  I figure, they can eat, they can play, they can tickle, that’s good, right?  I mean, I never remember consciously working on my fine motor skills and I’m pretty dexterous.  So what if Jax can’t put his clothes on or pull them off?  I guess we probably should work on that a bit.  Thus when I came across this post at Hands On As We Grow, I found myself pinning away at the activities for fine motor skill development and was intrigued enough to do one that very day.

I loved this cool activity that combined literacy with fine motor development.  I thought it was so awesome Jax and I embarked on it as soon as Emmy was down for her nap.  Using clothespins to reinforce letters and spelling!

Then I began taping the cards to ribbon I hung on the wall.  After a few I realized, why am I doing this when I am surrounded by clothespins? So Jax and I hung them like laundry on the ribbons, which I think looked really cute.

The difficult part was that once Jax began adding clothespins to the cards, they became rather heavy and started falling off the ribbon.  So after a while we took them down, but if you can reinforce them properly (and don’t have younger children who would destroy them), it would be a fun way to display your work and then they could work like sight words.

I’ve wanted to make a word wall for a while, and now I think I have something similar, with my own twist.  JDubbs was less than thrilled about the idea of having yet another crafty thing taking up wall space, so I was loath to do it, but instead, I’ll just change out the index cards every few weeks so that they are seasonally appropriate and we can talk about what they mean.  I may do one for each letter, too; I’ll let you know how that goes!

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