Here is a fun way to incorporate fine motor, fun, and learning numbers too. Young children need many opportunities to recognize and learn their numbers.  I recently took the grandkids outside for some fun water play. The boys like to use spray bottles to erase chalk on the sidewalks. So I decided to change it up a bit and make it a learning game too.
Chalk Spray the Number

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Do you want a fun, easy way to build gross motor and fine motor skills in young children?  Take them outside, give them a paintbrush, add a small bowl or bucket or water, and let them paint!  Water painting is great for little ones and for children who have difficulty making strokes with writing tools.  My youngest daughter has Down Syndrome.  I will never forget when her occupational therapist took us outside and taught us how fun prewriting could be with a paintbrush and water.  Of course my older children loved it too!  And now I get to have fun all over again with my grandchildren.

Let’s talk about what is going on in this picture.  I’ve numbered each picture, so I could better explain how to support your child with this fun activity along with how it can strengthen fine motor, and gross motor skills.

M Chalk Paint Brush
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Here are some chalk activities that will promote fine motor, gross motor, prewriting, literacy, and math skills too.  I love to take my grandchildren outside to play with chalk.  There are so many different activities to do.  Exploring with chalk and water provides young children with sensory play.  Outside Fun Chalk [Read more…]


Playing with outside chalk is a great way to work on sensory and fine motor skills.  Shake things up a bit and have the children write on bricks or other textured outside walls.  This gives them a bumpy texture for great sensory feedback. It also allows them to stand up and write at a different angle.  Younger children may have an easier time making a mark with chalk when standing at this angle.

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