We provide many opportunities to strengthen fine motor development, working on those pre-writing skills, starting in our 2 year old class. Two year olds are beginning to draw lines and circles, imitating what they see in print.
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.)
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.
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.
The 3 year olds brought over the stencils from our writing basket. They shared stories of what their illustrations meant.
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.
Here are 2 ways you can make your own white boards: