It blows my mind and makes me sad that it has been over a month since I have checked in. Time just goes so fast. The girls are keeping me busy and on my toes! And even that is an understatement! Now that Bonnie is getting older, her calender fills up fast. She has several little friends and weekly activities. Watching her grow up is so fun, but so crazy. I just cannot believe she is almost three years old.
Over the past many months I have noticed her struggling with fine motor skills. They don’t seem to be developing as quickly as her other skills, and she gets easily frustrated with activities that require the use of her fine motor skills, like coloring, or even using her fork or spoon.
I’ve been able to come up with a handful of activities that she is willing to do (for short amounts of time) that give her some fine motor skill practice. Her progress is slow, but it is there!
- This Fine Motor Tool Set is AMAZING. We use it with glasses or bowls of water, kinetic sand, water beads, or even spare change. There are so many things you can do with this set!
- Wooden lacing beads. My mom gave these to Bonnie, and they hold her attention surprisingly well, if I can catch her in the right moment.
- Melissa and Doug Make A Face Sticker Book. These books come in several different varieties. Between peeling the stickers, and then placing them on the correct area of the face, it provides lots of fine motor practice.
- Buckle Buddy Backpack. This was another gift from my mom, who found it at a consignment store for a few dollars. Bonnie loves it, but has not even come close to mastering all the different buckles!
- Cooking and eating! She loves to crack eggs and help stir when I am cooking or baking. And of course she loves to eat. Things like cereal with milk and oatmeal are great for fine motor practice.
I recently ordered some tracing chalkboards for her, but will reserve judgement until I find out if she will actually give them the time of day! There are a few other things I have up my sleeve as well, but I would really like to hear any ideas you all have for fine motor practice activities!
What Bonnie lacks in fine motor skills, she makes up for in verbal communication skills. She is amazing. If you know her, you know she talks A LOT, to anyone, about anything. This is one of my favorite things about her.
It is too early to know for sure, but I think Audrey will naturally have better fine motor skills than Bonnie, based on the dainty way she picks up her finger foods, and even her toys. I love how different they are!