Sunday, March 20, 2011

Medium Motor Activities

When teaching a child to write, you should begin with the large motor activities suggested on the March 19th post. You then move on to medium motor activities. Here are some suggestions for medium motor activities:
  • Writing in shaving cream that is on a paper plate or cookie sheet.  
  • Have the child form the letters using Elmer’s glue on a piece of card stock then sprinkle the glue with colored sugar or colored sand. Once dry, these make nice tactile cards for tracing the letters with a fingertip. Have the child trace the letters with her eyes closed so that she can “feel” the formation.  
  • Trace and write large letters on a sheet protector using a dry erase maker  
  • Form letters out of play dough or putty  
  • Form letters out of wikki stix  
  • Fill a large ziplock freezer bag with cheap hair gel and glitter. Smooth it out and have the child trace and write on this using a fingertip.   
All of these activities will help children develop automatic motor memories for each letter formation.

Modified from information by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR, The Handwriting Clinic, Plano,Texas

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