Ideas to Acquire Fine Motor Skills

English learners need Fine Motor Skills for Writing 

Create Opportunities to Develop Fine Motor Skills

fine motor skills
Provide opportunities for cutting and painting.

After your ELL students have developed gross-motor skills they are ready to work on fine motor skills. They need lots of opportunities to use their hands and fingers. The more often they grip a marker, pencil, or scissors, the better. Merging these activities into school activities is best. This helps develop the muscle control they need for early writing.

Use Play to Develop Fine Motor Skills

It is natural to keep all this merged with play to make it fun.  Try making illustrations on writing paper. Let them cut out pictures to illustrate stories.  You can help and guide ,your students but the way they get better at it is to do it themselves. Make sure you make a big fuss about what a great job they did. Even if the lines are not even and the cutting is jagged! It encourages them to try again! Remember to try creative and practical ways to build fine-motor skills.

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    Students love to get ready for recess

    Glue things onto paper

  2. Clap hands to music
  3. Touch fingers when singing nursery rhymes
  4. Button and unbutton their jackets
  5. Work a zipper on a jacket
  6. Put on a hat
  7. Build forts with blocks
  8. Complete puzzles with five or more pieces
  9. Manipulate pencils and crayons well enough to color and draw
  10. Copy a circle or cross onto a piece of paper
  11. Cut out simple shapes with safety scissors

Connect fine motor skills with gross motor skills…….read more



It’s Your Turn:

Opportunities for fine motor skills

  • Color and draw
  • Cut with safety scissors
  • Button shirts and zip jackets
  • Develop muscle control

Play for fine motor skills

  • Play with puzzles and blocks
  • Use imagination for creative play
  • Clap to nursery rhymes and songs
  • Establish fine-motor control

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