Fine Motor Skills

Developing Fine Motor Skills and Glue Bottles

Developed fine motor skills are not only essential to complete everyday tasks such as eating, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoes, they are also necessary for the academic life of a early learner. Strong fine-motor skills are necessary for writing and cutting, and it is the job of educators to develop these skills.

One way to allow fine motor skills to develop is to use glue straight from the bottle. (Yes, I am anti glue sponges). Teaching students to use glue as glue should be used allows opportunity for independence, develops patience, and provides important strengthening of crucial fine motor skills that are imperative for hand strengthening and muscle development.

With opportunities for guided practice, young children can actually become very effective and efficient glue bottle users. And, all of the benefits that come with using glue bottle increases as hands develop and project advancement occurs. So, even though glue sponges may be less messy, (and in vogue), are these sponges helping in the development of young children? 

You can use any plain paper for gluing and cutting practice. If looking for something more strategic, the following product contains gluing, scissor and pencil practice for the young learner. It is great for glue bottle practice of "Just a Dot!" For developmental handwriting practice, you will love stick and curves!

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Developing Fine Motor Skills

Build your child’s (student's) fine motor skills as well as develop confidence by using these fine motor activities. Each category begins with novice activities and then moves forward in complexity; aiding development.

Table of Contents:

Cutting with Scissors:

Help the Airplane Fly
Chugging Train
Astronaut Journey
Alien Adventure
Frog Hop
In the Pond, Dragonfly
Robots I
Robots II
Vroom I
Vroom II
Cowboys I
Cowboys II
Cutting Shapes I
Cutting Shapes II

Using Glue

Glue Practice
Gluing Zig Zag
Glue a Star
Glue a Smile
Glue a Robot
Glue a Bear
Glue a Tree
Glue a House

Drawing Practice

Dot to Dot 
Drawing Vertical Lines 
Drawing Horizontal Lines
Drawing Curve Lines
Drawing Circles

Drawing, Cutting, & Gluing

Make a Tree
Make a Car
Make a Castle
Make a Dog
Make a Bird
Make a Person