This week the preschool school class had some fine motor fun fun with pom poms and paper plates!
This class’ students have different learning disabilities, some also has physical disabilities. Their ages are between 7 and 8, but they function between age 3 and 6. Learning is very slow, and hands-on activities a must.
They are learning about the circle as a shape(for now), hence the idea. I drew circles in the middle of paper plates, and took different colors and sizes pom poms together with pegs with to have some fun learning.
First they had to place the Pom poms on the circle line, in any order, using the peg:
Then we tried a color pattern:
And a size pattern:
All the while talking about the colors and the size, as well as the texture etc. We sorted colors in the different plates too: one plate for yellow, one for blue etc.
Lastly we made some pictures: faces etc. This part was very open ended and their imagination got to work:
By this time their attention were losing a battle, so some only played for a little bit more. One girl chose to add some more containers and transferred the pom poms from the one container to the next, pretending it is food.
This activity is great for fine motor skill development, but not just that: vocabulary and differentiation skills are also develop here. Not even to speak about hand-eye coordination!
And of course fun while learning!