There are so many different fine motor activities out there, and I should know because I have created a whole bundle on them! But this fine motor activity is a little different, because it’s one item, BUT it can be used so many different ways. I love when you can repurpose a piece multiple ways, and that’s why I love the super cute Fine Motor Snail!
In the video I share multiple ways in which that you can use the snail to extend and build on the kids fine motor skills and development. We know how important fine motor development is as it will assist them with their writing skills.
Some ways to include are:
🐌 playdough rolling
🐌 beads with tweezers
🐌 water dropper with coloured water
🐌 blowing pom poms by squeezing an empty water dropper
🐌 place behind clear contact and stick beads or sequins
🐌 use sand over the snail and trace out the shell
🐌 use whiteboard markers to create a design on the snails back
Each of these can be made to be more challenging depending on the age of the kids your using this with! Some examples for this include:
With the playdough, you can get them to roll different colours out to make a pattern. Or it could be that you get them to make one long piece of rolled out playdough that they need to place along the lines.
BEADS WITH TWEEZERS
This one is pretty tricky on its own, but we can definitely make it even more complicated! You could be creating a number of different patters along the back or you could incorporate two dice (one with a colour and one with a number) and they need to add that coloured bead in the number amount to the back.
Similar to the beads, these can also be used to extend on those patterning skills, but you could also use the dice to develop further. Another idea would be to write numbers on the dots, and have the kids place them in number value order.
What other ways could you use the snail for a fine motor activity?
Ps. This is a free resource for you to download and use!