For the last two years we have implemented a fine motor skills book. In this book we do crayon rubbings, tracings, drawings, cutting and other fine motor skill activities. Last year’s book was A4 size but we found them heavy and hard to store. This year we opted for A5 sized books which seem to be working a lot better. The only real issues we have now are getting the children to try and find the “next blank page” and to just use one page. We decided a bookmark that hooks over the page would be a solution to the first issue and the second one is just a reminder issue and not a lot we can do about it really. At the end of the year I think we will let them have a free for all on all the leftover pages!
We stamp the date on each page so that the parents can see the progression of their child’s fine motor skills. We try to add a title also. For the last few weeks we’ve been doing a different number each Tuesday and Thursday in our FMS book. On this occasion during the mat session we drew the number 2 in the air with our finger. Then a few children had a go on the whiteboard. We brainstormed what we could draw two of in our books; two lollipops, two eyes or two flowers in a vase. Then the children go and find their book and write some number 2s in the book and draw a picture of two things.