by Katie Brazerol
Educators know how important fine motor skills are—fine motor strength provides a foundation for cutting and writing skills. However, it can sometimes be challenging to offer fresh, new activities that keep children engaged. Designate an area of the room as your “Hand Exercise” spot. Provide items for games that strengthen fine motor muscles, such as these ideas listed below. Encourage children to visit the area in between activities or during free play. Switch out the materials often to reignite interest.
by Judy Mullican
There are so many fun ways to use jar lids and other lids for early learning. The best thing is that using them keeps them out of the landfill and doesn’t cost you a dime! They are even washable. If you work with younger children, just be sure that the lids are large enough not to cause a choking hazard. Whenever you buy jelly, jam, peanut butter, baby food, or other foods that come with lids, simply wash and save the lids. Ask the children’s families to save lids too and you’ll soon have a great collection. Here are 14 ways to use them for fun and learning: