Every Thursday we end our morning by practicing fine motor skills through hand strengthening activities and letter formation practice. A recent activity to build hand strength caused a lot of delightful laughter in the classroom: working with clay! Using clay, which is harder to manipulate than Play-Do, the children focused on making different shapes like spirals, “snakes”, and three dimensional sculptures.
“Look how long my snake is!” cried one child as she furiously rolled the clay over and over to stretch it out to the length of the table.
“I made a snail,” another child said proudly, holding up a well formed spiral.
Through the guise of fun, little did the children know that their small hands were getting a workout and preparing them to become successful writers in the future!