There are 2 handy checklists which show the ‘typical’ development of fine motor skills for 4-5 year olds and 5-6 year olds.
The book is then divided into sections – ‘Shoulder and Wrist’, ‘Wrist and Hand’ and ‘Hand and Finger’ activities. Each section has a list and explanation of a variety of hands on activities to help strengthen and improve each of these areas and help children to develop their fine motor skills.
There is a section on ‘finger plays’ which could be integrated with music, drama, art and maths!
For the lacing activities – you can use a variety of household objects such as the top of a coffee tin/butter packet. There are also a number of photocopiable material – which you can photocopy and laminate and use a piece of string/ lace. (Lacing games and activities are usually quite expensive to buy)
Here is one example of a lacing card from the book. (Print and laminate – then punch some holes in it using a hole puncher)
There is also a fantastic section on cutting. The first few pages have different lines which the children have to cut.
It gets more advanced – this would be a fantastic art lesson. The children could colour the snakes and then create swirling snakes!
This page could be integrated with Gaeilge – Eadaí theme. Cuir _______ ar Teidí.
There is also a section with drawing activities!
And perfect letter and number booklets! Great for infant classes or for letter/number practise.
(The only thing I would prefer is a spiral bound book – which would make photocopying easier)