Lately our days have been filled with some new and exciting developments. Preschool! Lillian isn’t going to an actual brick and mortar school, but I am doing a program through our school district as well as amping up for the possibility of homeschooling.
I must admit, I am really on the fence about where I want to send my daughter to school. I have no major political or religious stance; I myself went to a large public high school and loved the experience. It is something that has been on my mind, and it has been helping me to be more proactive here at home to give her a head start for kindergarten in a couple of years.
Anyways, let’s move on to the fun stuff. I have been learning a ton about fun and easy ways to enhance her literacy here at home. Super simple things like what we did yesterday. We are currently working on her fine motor skills to prep her for writing. We are also working on letter recognition. This was such a fun activity we did that correlated with a book.
I have found that my daughter is very much a tactile learner. She loves to touch and feel things and ask a million questions.
Try out this fun and simple activity to help encourage your child to learn how to write her/ his name, write letters, or draw pictures! Sure, it is a little messy, but it is fun and promotes fine motor skills and language!
What you need:
A large, shallow baking sheet
About 2-3 cups of flour, spread across sheet
- Ask your child how the flour feels between her fingers. Is it soft? What does it feel like? Powder? Try to use the words “observe” and talk about her sense of touch. This can be a science lesson, too!
- Try to write different letters in the flour. Start by introducing his/ her name. Spell out each letter. Afterwards, get a blank sheet of paper and write his or her name out slowly, stating each letter as you go.
- Draw pictures in the flour! Have some fun making silly faces and flowers.
- Encourage your child to help clean up. This promotes learning how to follow directions and is important for kindergarten preparedness. I had my daughter start by washing her hands, while I cleaned up the sheet, and then we swept and threw the flour away together.
What other fun ideas do you have for free play and fine motor skills?