Today I have been thinking about games to play with things that you have at home, maths and fine motor skills.
Screwing up newspaper is a fab way for children to work the hand muscles needed for tricky fine motor skills like holding a pencil.
So this is my version of Newspaper Netball. Even better it can go straight into a reycling bin after.
You will need:
- A pen and some paper
- Three buckets, large bowls or washing baskets
- A Newspaper
To set up:
- Write the numbers 1,2,3 on three pieces of paper
- Pop the three buckets and stand the numbers in front of them.
- Put out a little pile if six pieces of scrunched up newspaper per player
- Each player sits by their pile of newspaper
- Say "Ready steady go!"
- Each player then screws up the balls and thows it into the bucket.
- The first player to get their balls in the buckets win.
The Mathematial element is that you can request that your child puts different amounts in each basket.
Count the ones in the basket and one outside the basket and ask how many altogether to introduce the concept of addition.
This is an activity we love in nursey and this is great for fine motor skills.
- Can you mark make and tell someone what you have drawn?
- Can you write the inital sound of your name on the floor ?
- Can you draw a face?
- Can you write any letters?
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