The development of children’s fine motor skills is an important foundation for the attainment
of other important skills in the future such as writing, drawing and self-help. As with all areas
of development, child care professionals play an important role in providing experiences, resources and guidance that will assist children to develop their fine motor skills through everyday play experiences and routines. Source: http://ncac.acecqa.gov.au/educator-resources/pcf articles/Supporting_children's_development_fine_motor_skills.pdf.
Judy has collected wine corks, small tree branches and purchase two packets of hooks from Bunnings to create this fine motor activity for her children. Total Cost $12.00
Watching this activity as a co-ordinator on a home visit, is was evident that each child had varying abilities when it came to fine motor skills. Judy was able to support, extend and cater for them all individually throughout the play. It was great to watch them perserve when their little fingers weren't quite stronger enough to replace the hooks. They were all confident to ask for help and re attempt the task. They expressed joy and satisfaction when they completed the task and were rewarded with praise and a bug smile from all of us. The ages ranged from 18 months to 4 years.
Learning Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
* Children feel safe, secure, and supported
* Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners * Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
* Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
Thank you Judy for sharing this idea and experience with us at Five Star Family Day Care Maitland.