I set up a simple invitation to explore in which the kids could examine the inside of a sunflower and it’s seeds all while practicing some fine motor work! Practicing how to use the small muscles in the hand can help with fine motor skills such as handwriting, scissor use, construction and building activities and self care processes such as shoe tying or zipping a jacket. I like to provide my kids with plenty of opportunities to exercise these little muscles; without the ability to perform everyday fine motor tasks, a child’s self esteem can suffer and their academic performance can be compromised.
So much of a child’s day is spent listening (or hearing at least) to what they should be doing, which rules to follow or how to complete a process. I like to give them structured opportunities to just explore what is in front of them, hence this simple setup.