Friday, 15 November 2013

Fine Motor Skills

Hello to all our Head Start families and friends.  We have had a busy week at our Head Start Headquarters this week where our focus has been Fine Motor Skills.
This is the ability to use smaller muscle groups to perform tasks that are precise in nature. Our children develop their gross motor skills primarily by exercising their larger muscle groups to move around. These gross motor skills help to develop core strength and this in turn provides a stable base from which to initiate movement from the smaller muscle groups responsible for fine motor control. Gross motor movement is a key concept at Head Start and is being developed every week through the running, jumping and climbing opportunities presented to our Head Starter children. So this week we built on all this strengthening and presented our Head Starters with some fun fine motor skills to practise!
This week the favourite activity for the Tuesday Head Starters was the rice.  Using little fingers (and sometimes toes :)) to find what was hidden in the rice was a great activity to practise their pincer grip.  The little tongs picking up the animals was another big hit and it was interesting to watch the different ways the children managed this task. Posting, threading, dressing dolly, rolling marbles down the ramp all gave those little fingers a great workout.
Fine Motor skills can be practised through food exploration, goo, sandpits, dressing, scissors, colouring,  picking up bugs, just to name a few.  
Lots of fun exploring in the rice
Reminder to keep this date free for our free seminar
 ‘The Benefits of Baby Massage’ 

Speaker: Katy Truscott
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Thursday 28th Nov. 2013
Time: 7.30pm,
350 South Rd, Caversham
All welcome
Gold Coin Donation
RSVP to 487 9698
Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Head Start Headquarters next week for some more fun.
From the Head Start Team 

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