I posted a collection of fine motor skill activities. Following on from those, we created a collection of Roald Dahl themed fine motor skill activity ideas which would be perfect for World Book Day or Roald Dahl Day.
Willy Wonka Inspired Sensory Tray: How to colour rice. Simply pour uncooked rice into a ziploc bag, add a little food colouring, give it a good mix and leave to dry. We used gel colours from Wilton. I added some colourful pom poms and we used squeezy tweezers from Learning Resources to pick them out. Younger children could try to move the pom poms to the same colour rice, or count the pom poms as they remove them. For older children, try adding some labeled wrapped sweets with numbers or letters on. Children could then create words with the sweets after using the tweezers to remove them from the rice.
Mrs Twit Sensory Gel Bag: This sensory bag is made using cheap blue hair gel inside a sealable sandwich bag. I added 10 spiders and covered the edges with masking tape to stop it leaking. My 5-year-old has spent a lot of time today practicing her number bonds to 10 by moving the spiders around the bag, then putting different numbers on each side.
Mr Twit’s Wormy Spaghetti: Mr Twit’s wormy spaghetti is similar to the rice sensory tray, but this time we’ve used colored spaghetti with bugs in it. The idea is to use the tweezers to remove the bugs, but my daughter couldn’t resist sticking her hand straight in. It takes quite a bit of effort to move the spiders, so hopefully good finger exercise.
Willy Wonka Chocolate Shop: Inspired by my lovely friend Anna over at The Imagination Tree, we made some brightly colored play dough and used it to make chocolates. I made a menu for my girls to copy, for example, 4 green chocolates with 1 straw and two pom poms. They had a great time making my ‘chocolates’ for me. Play dough is great for improving fine motor skills as it involves a lot of pushing, pulling, stretching, and rolling. Even I could feel my hands being exercised as we played.
Enormous Crocodile Tree Races: We used LEGO to race each other to build trees using only one hand while being timed. We found it much harder using our non-writing hand.
Enormous Crocodile Lacing Card: This is only half finished, but I can’t wait to try it. I just need to make more holes and find a shoe lace.
Can you think of any more fine motor skill activity ideas for us? Which is your favorite Roald Dahl book? Ours is Revolting Rhymes!