Developing Pre-Writing Skills on a Dry Erase Board

Each day we have numerous activities that help with developing pre-writing skills. I’ve shared many of them in my collection of squeezing activities. Before preschoolers can start writing, the muscles in their hands and fingers must be developed. This is why starting with our toddlers, we provide playful activities that build the strength that is needed to hold writing tools. Do-a-Dots are a favorite in our classroom, so I decided to try them on a large dry erase white board that was placed in our reading and writing area.

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Developing Pre-Writing Skills on a Dry Erase Board

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 We have a large dry erase board that covers our writing table. Because of its size, the preschoolers can use their entire arm, working shoulder stability. (For more information on activities that promote hand development, you might like to read this page by Fine Motor 101.)
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I have used Do-a-Dots in many different activities, but never on a dry erase board. I appreciated how the preschoolers had to really squeeze to get the liquid to move on the board.

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I added some dry erase markers as well. Lots of circular motions were used involving the entire arm. The 3 year olds added more detail. Because this board is large enough for several friends to work together, there was much collaboration going on.
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The 3 year olds brought over the stencils from our writing basket. They shared stories of what their illustrations meant.
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Dry erase boards come in many sizes and can be used either vertically or horizontally on a wall or easel. You can help your children develop their fine motor skills by using these white boards in the classroom, at home, or while traveling.
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Here are 2 ways you can make your own white boards:
DIY White Board (Blogging the Moments)
DIY Magnetic White Board (Little Scholars)
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Here are a couple of other ways to use white boards:
Dry-Erase Board Activities (Teach Preschool)
Preschool Handwriting on White Boards (Rainbows Within Reach)
Applying and Removing Stickers and Tape from a White Board – And Other Fine Motor Activities (Little Heroes)
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Materials that would work for this type of activity:

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Some of our favorite fine motor tools:

 

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More ideas for young children:

Process Art for Preschoolers Using Watercolors long      Fine Motor Threading Activity      Preschool Color Game Using Legos

 

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Comments

  1. Amanda Carter says:

    Great post! In our classrooms, we painted the desks, and Group tables with DrawItpainT Dry Erase so that our students have somewhere to develop their fine motor skills also. Thanks!