Preschoolers with weak fine motor skills can be frustrated when they try to use tools such as paint brushes and markers. In fact, they might stay away from them altogether. It’s important to find playful activities that not only strengthen those fine motor muscles, but also build the child’s confidence. Building fine motor skills with Lego bricks has been very successful. Young children love building with them, and yet they are also strengthening those hands and fingers.
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I was given a free copy of The Official Guide to Learning with Lego. The activities I am sharing today are from that book, and all opinions are my own.
Building Fine Motor Skills with Lego
We’ve used Lego bricks for many playful learning activities, but today I would like to share 2 that I used with one of our students who has weak fine motor skills. I chose these because they allowed building, which this student loves, and she could use various parts of her body, including her core.
Duplo Ring Toss
For this activity we used pipe cleaners and Lego Duplo bricks. Miss N twisted the ends of the pipe cleaners to make rings. This was a bit challenging for her, since it required using the tips of her thumb and fingers.
She then stacked a few rows of Duplo bricks to make towers.
It was then ring toss time! The goal was to aim the ring so that it would wrap around one of the towers.
This was also a great way to work on hand-eye coordination as she aimed for the ring. Miss N tried this sitting in front of the towers, and then standing over them.
Fine Motor Bowling
We took the Duplo towers we had made for the ring toss activity and used them for bowling. Miss N rolled a golf ball towards the towers, trying to aim at a particular one so she could knock it over. Once again, she had to really focus and aim towards the tower. It took a few tries but because she was having so much fun, she did not give up in frustration as she tends to do with other fine motor activities.
When she finally successfully knocked a tower over, she was elated! She crawled towards the fallen tower and picked it back up again.
Miss N’s therapist encourages us to have her use her core muscles whenever we can. The more steady her core is, the easier it will be for her to use her hands and fingers. So I had her lie on her tummy and roll the ball. This was more of a challenge, but she accepted it!
Now, I wish I had come up with these 2 ideas on my own, but I didn’t. I found them a new book called The Unofficial Guide to Learning with Lego®. This book, written by some of my talented kid blogging friends, has over 100 totally awesome Lego learning ideas that children LOVE!
100+ Totally Awesome Lego Learning Ideas
We love Lego® in our toddler and preschool classrooms. In fact, as I write this, our theme this week in summer camp is all about Lego®! You might recall our Lego® camp last year when we played this fun color sorting game. So, when the authors of this new book asked if I would try it out, how could I say no?
The Unofficial Guide to Learning with Lego® brings you over 100 awesome Lego®-based ideas that are perfect for educating in the classroom and at home. The book starts with the basics like learning colors and counting, all the way up to engineering and other STEM topics. (You might recall how we used our Duplo bricks in a STEM construction activity last year.)
This book includes projects that are adaptable to all ages, skill levels and cognitive abilities. It includes projects that use Lego bricks and projects that use Duplo. They’ve included math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and even emotional education.
How do you use Lego for learning? Please leave a comment! If you post on social media, you can use the hashtag #learningwithlego so we can easily spot the fun you’ve had!
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