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!