Saturday, January 30, 2010
One of the best ways to help kids with fine motor and pre writing skills is to give them access to art supplies. Even the very young (10+ months) can have fun with a crayon and sheet of paper (as with everything, some activities require more supervision with young children). Learning to hold a crayon and see how it makes marks on a plain piece of paper helps with those important fine motor skills, and will help with writing in the future.
Crayola has some fantastic items for younger kids: crayons that fit in a little egg shaped animal so that it's easier for kids to hold them, stamps, markers, and that color wonder paper and paint that only works with the special paper.
Look for non-toxic stuff, and you don't have to worry about a mouth full of crayon. It won't hurt them...it will make for good stories later on!