15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

I am honored to have Janine LaTulippe with us today sharing a guest post and giveaway!  I just love Usborne {I am not personally a consultant but use and love the books} and am excited to share with my readers!

Developing a strong grip and hand-eye coordination is so important for a young child. The easier it is for children to control their hands and fingers, the more they can express themselves and learn through art, writing, and play! Here are 15 books to help children gain fine motor skills from a very early age.

This post contains and Awesome Giveaway at the bottom. Don’t miss it!

 

Books for Fine Motor Skills

Practicing pencil grip and writing is one thing, but many of these books offer so much more! Critical thinking, creativity, and many more skills are hidden in the fun activities these books bring to your home.

1. Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Fingertrails PlayBook Your baby will fall in love with this sensory playbook! There are textures and lift-the-flaps, plus bumpy finger-trails and dots that motivate baby to follow the path and develop those fine motor skills even at a very young age (ages 0-2).

Fingertrails Fine Motor Book

 

2. My Farm Animal World This is actually a little box with 9 mini books inside. The box is lined and each book fits in a certain spot and becomes a little puzzle when putting the books away. The little pages make perfect fine motor practice for young children (ages 2-4). My Farm Animal World

3. I Can Draw Animals Even the youngest children can draw with this easy to follow step-by-step drawing book. The results children get from using this book is why it is award-winning and perfect to inspire self directed fine-motor practice.

I can Draw animals

 

4. Lift Out Colors Jigsaw Book This book does 3 things; teaches colors, matching, and fine-motor skills! Each page features jigsaw pieces embedded in the book that reveal surprises underneath (ages 3+)

Lift Out Colors fine motor book

 

 5. Busy Bug Book If you have a reader that doesn’t like to sit still for very long, this is the perfect book for them! It features a pull-back toy that rides along the pages through the story (ages 3+)

 

6. My First Keyboard Book The perfect first introduction to the piano, this book features simple tunes children can play right away without any knowledge of how to play. The tunes are actual recordings of musical pitches and NOT electronic sounds and both the black and white keys work. This book will definitely get those fingers working! (ages 3+)

Keyboard book

 

7. Look Inside a Castle Use those fingers to lift and look under 60 flaps and learn all about castle life. Because of the detailed illustrations, castle lovers will be motivated to look under every one and practice their pincer grip.

look inside castle

 

8. Wipe-Clean Alphabet Children love wiping these activity books clean after practicing their handwriting skills. This alphabet book is unique because the letters are hidden in the playful pictures that begin with that page’s letter so it keeps children’s attention longer than most letter practice pages. (ages 4+)

wipe-clean

 

9. 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book Sticker books promote creative thinking, reasoning, matching and association. Plus, they are great for fine motor skills! This Farm book is also a seek and find, so it’s fun to read even after the stickers are gone. (ages 4+)

Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book

 

10. Castles, Build a Picture Sticker Book Let their imagination run wild and feel good about all the fine motor practice they are getting with this Build a Picture Sticker Book all about Castles! (ages 4+) Castles Sticker Book

 

11. First Coloring Book Zoo This coloring book features full color backgrounds so it is easy for young children to complete the picture. It also has stickers for finishing touches. With familiar animals from around the world, this coloring book is a great learning activity. (ages 4+) first coloring book zoo

 

12. My First Color By Numbers This beginners coloring book is perfect for children learning their numbers. It has lots of finish the scene and patterns to reveal using the simple color key. (ages 4+)

color by numbers 

13. My First Big Book of Dot-to-Dots A fun way for kids to practice pencil control, this book is really fun! Complete the scene by connecting 1-10 and drawing the missing picture. Add finishing touches by coloring and placing stickers too! (ages 4+)

first dot-to-dot

 

14. Under the Sea Jigsaw Book This sparkly puzzle books has six 15 piece puzzles embedded into the pages. Each puzzle comes with a special hidden shape within the puzzle and features fun facts about the beautiful sea life. (ages 5+)

under the sea jigsaw

 

15. Fingerprint Activities Everyone loves fingerprint art! This book makes it easy for kids of all ages to make prints and pictures with their fingers.

finger print activities


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Top Posts from 1+1+1=1 in 2014

Top Blog Posts in 2014 from www.1plus1plus1equals1.net

It’s fun to look back in life and as a blogger.  I love seeing what my readers loved the most and wanted to share what I found with you.  Below you will find the top 10 NEW posts in 2014, the top 10 posts visited in 2014 {from anytime}, and our top 10 referring sites!

 

These are our top ten visited posts in 2014 which were all new posts in 2014.

  1. Tot School Printables A-Z
  2. Simplifying Sensory Play
  3. Kindergarten Literature Studies
  4. Daniel Tiger Printables
  5. Home Preschool Year in Review
  6. Number Coloring Printables
  7. School Supply Labels
  8. Frozen Q-Tip Painting
  9. Spielgaben Is it Worth it?
  10. Ideas for Using Q-Tip Painting

Tot School Printables A-Z Simple Sensory Bin Collection

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables Daniel Tiger Printables

Home Preschool Ideas Free Printable Number Mats 1-10

Spielgaben ~ Is it Worth it Frozen Printables Q-Tip Painting

school supply labels Ideas for Using Q Tip Painting Printables

 

Our blog has been around awhile and often old content is the most visited.  These ten posts were the top overall visited posts during 2014.  Most weren’t published in 2014!

  1. Preschool, Tot and Kindergarten Packs
  2. Tot School Printables
  3. All By Myself Preschool Boxes
  4. All Printables A-Z
  5. What’s in the Preschool Box Week 1
  6. Brown Bear Brown Bear Printables
  7. Lego Kindergarten Printables
  8. Q-Tip Painting Alphabet Printables
  9. Alphabet Printables and More
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

    Printables Packs from 1plus1plus1equals1 All By Myself Preschool BoxesAll By Myself Preschool Boxes Alll Printables A to Z Brown Bear Brown bear PrintablesLego Kindergarten Printables Alphabet-IdeasQ Tip Painting Alphabet Printables Tot School Printables  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

Top Referring Sites to Our Blog in 2014 ~ THANK YOU!

  1. Free Homeschool Deals
  2. Living Montessori Now
  3. This Reading Mama
  4. Money Saving Mom
  5. Wildflower Ramblings
  6. Kids Activities Blog
  7. Homeschool Giveaways
  8. Homeschool Creations
  9. Spielgaben
  10. Pizzazzerie

    I am looking forward to a fun year on the blog in 2015, I hope you will join us!  You can keep up with 1+1+1=1 in any way you choose! All subscription options are free.

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Tot Tray Ideas ~ Alphabet

Welcome to our collection of Tot Tray ideas featuring ALPHABET ideas.  This is our second post in a series for our Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection, our first post featured Transferring Ideas for Tot Trays.

Alphabet Tot Tray Ideas Collection



Alphabet Tot Trays?

Working with letters in a fun and playful way is a natural and effective way to work on letter and sound identification with young children. Many tots will soak up this knowledge without ever having to directly be taught.

Use purposeful language as you engage with your tot, focusing on simply having fun.  The learning happens naturally. I never “taught” my tots to identify letters, yet they learned by the purposeful play we did together.  Letters were a part of our everyday play and they soaked up knowledge naturally.

Not familiar with Tot Trays?  Learn all about them here!

 

What You Need for ABC Tot Trays ~

  • letters
  • something fun to do with letters {see ideas below}

Much fun can be had with a variety of letter toys.  Think outside the box and use one set of magnetic letters, a set of ABC bean bags, or an alphabet puzzle in many different ways.  It isn’t about having more toys, it’s about doing more with what you have!

Here’s some alphabet toy ideas to get your brain spinning, don’t buy all {or any} of these, look at the list to think about what you might already own and can use! You can easily make your own set of letters using bottle tops, rocks, or other basically free creative option.

Alphabet Toys

Some Alphabet Tot Tray Ideas

Note ~  All ideas are presented with the understanding that you are playing WITH your tot, these are not all independent activities as some of the items are choking hazards. Please only use ideas that you feel comfortable with and feel you can ensure your tot’s safety.

Alphabet puzzles make great ABC Tot Trays.  The key is to NOT use all of the pieces at once.  If your tot is very young, only use one or two pieces!  Add more as your tot progresses.

Alphabet Puzzle Tot Tray

{the puzzles shown were bought at a discount store, many years ago}

Alphabet Puzzle Tot Tray

 

Matching upper and lower case magnets on a tray can be matched up on a magnetic surface.  You could provide a cookie sheet, or use another surface such as the dishwasher which Krash is using below.  Again, not the entire alphabet is given, adjust to developmental level of your tot.

abc magnets

 

Alphabet Bean Bags can be used for many Tot Tray activities. Below you see some of ours in a box along with some other letters to be matched up.  My mom made our bean bags, but you can find them online too.

Letter Matching

 

Hammering bean bag letters is a fun activity for active tots. You call out the letter and the child hammer’s it!

IMG_6491

 

Bottle cap letters and name cards are a great way for older tots to work on names!

Bottle Top Names

 

 

Alphabet magnets {or puzzle pieces} can be stamped into play dough.

ABC Magnets in Play Dough

 

If you have any large letters {ours are from a foam ABC floor mat}, use these with play dough to make the letters.

Play Dough on Foam Letters

 

Use alphabet printable pages {these are from Tot School Printables} and make the letters together and then poke the play dough!

Poking Play Dough letters

 

Poke the letters with an object that begins with that letter ~ {keys for K, pencil for P, small toy cow for C}

Keys and Letter K

 

Press another small object into the play dough {gems shown below} for some great fine motor work.

ABC with Play Dough and Gems

 

Use letter cookie cutters with play dough, and objects to press into the play dough too!

Alphabet Cookie Cutters and Play Dough

 

Hammering our foam puzzle was a VERY favorite of Krash when he was a tot. Ladybug loved these puzzles too.

Hammering the Alphabet Puzzle


See more ABC ideas here on our Tot Tray Ideas ~ Alphabet Pinterest Board

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot Tray Ideas ~ Alphabet on Pinterest.


The Linky Details

To make these linkys simple for bloggers I am not requiring a link back, that way you don’t have to go back and add it to old posts but can feel free to link up easily.

I do ask that you pin this post, or share the post on Facebook.  If you want to provide a link back to the idea collection, that’s GREAT and will only help your readers!

Irrelevant links will be deleted. This linky will remain open indefinitely.

Link up your Alphabet Tot Tray ideas below!

See our Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection landing page here!

The Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection[4]

Homeschooling Tots

    Homeschooling Tots is something I write about a lot.  Early childhood education is a passion of mine and empowering parents to feel confident to explore early learning at home is where the depth of my passion lies during this season of life. This is why I chose to write a chapter for The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas entitled, Homeschooling Tots.

    {disclosure ~ affiliate links are used in this post}

    My tots were very different, as you can see from the photo collages below.  Krash was my mover and we rarely had any sort of a plan. Ladybug was my sitter and I couldn’t keep up with her requests demands for more school work. Thus, my need for a plan with her during the Tot School years.
    Tot School with Krash

Ladybug's Tot School

 

The cool thing about the early years is that you can be totally flexible and follow the lead of your child. It is exploring through play and having fun with your tot during these fleeting years!

One of my favorite memories with my daughter was going through our Animal ABCs together.  I developed this program for her based on her love of all things school and all things animals.  We used it as a launching board into much hands on fun together when she was 2-3. I am giving away a copy of our Animal ABC Bundle to one winner! 

Animal ABCs

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 10/31/14.

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Read my chapter and over 100 more in The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. Right now you can grab it for only $8.99 {this is a $2 discount} using the code: homeschool

Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas

Want even more?  There’s a special bundle including 23 MP3s AND the eBook for just $15. 

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This post is a part of The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Blog Tour.

Yesterday, LaToya Edwards from Learning to Let Him Lead shared. LaToya is the author of the chapters Homeschooling Elementary Aged Boys, and Single Parent Homeschooling.

Tomorrow, Shannen Espelien from Middle Way Mom will be sharing.  She is the author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.

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Tot Tray Ideas ~ Transferring

Welcome to our collection of Tot Tray™ ideas featuring TRANSFERRING ideas.

Transfer Tot Tray Ideas Collection



What is transferring?

It’s  moving one object or a group of objects from one place to another. This can be done using a variety of materials and can be changed up to engage interest quite easily!

You can set up many different transfer Tot Trays, they are one of the easiest to set up and can be as basic or elaborate as you want!

Transferring helps with real practical life skills, teaching young children hand to eye coordination. It is also great for fine motor skill development.

 

What You Need for Transfer Tot Trays ~

  • a transfer material {pom poms are a very easy one}
  • something to transfer with {tongs, tweezers, spoon, etc.}
  • a container to transfer from and into {we use ice cube trays, paint trays, bowls, etc.}

    Here’s some ideas to get your brain spinning!

    Transfer Tot Tray Tools

Some Transferring Tot Tray Ideas

Note ~  All ideas are presented with the understanding that you are playing WITH your tot, these are not all independent activities as some of the items are choking hazards. Please only use ideas that you feel comfortable with and feel you can ensure your tot’s safety.

Here my daughter was transferring little spikey balls {which were sea urchins for our ocean theme} from one bowl to other bowls.  She was also sorting by color. She is using a melon baller spoon to do this transfer.

Tot Tray Transfer Spikey Balls with Melon Baller Spoon

 

Below you see my daughter transferring ping pong balls from the metal container to the paint tray using a pair of mini tongs.

Tot Tray Transfer Ping Pong Balls with Tongs

 

Below Ladybug is using tweezers to transfer pom poms into and ice cube tray.  She LOVED these little plastic tweezers!

Tot Tray Transferring Pom Poms using  Tweezers

 

You can see Krash using tongs with smaller paint trays and pom poms below, the tongs shown below are from a bug collection set we had years ago.

Tot Tray Transfer Pom Poms with Tongs

 

Large tongs  and large pom poms are certainly an option too and provide a unique challenge for different arm muscles!

Tot Tray Transfer Pom Poms with Tongs

 

Below she was transferring marbles using tongs, into an recycled frozen baby food tray

Tot Tray Transfer Marbles with Tongs

 

Krash is using the mini tongs to transfer mini erasers into two cups {he was sorting the fish and turtles}.Tot Tray Transferring Mini Erasers with Tongs

 

Below he was using the same tongs to transfer bigger erasers into small glass cups {tealight holders form Ikea}, working on one to one correspondence {counting one item at a time}Tot Tray Transferring Mini Erasers with Tongs


See more transferring ideas here on our Tot Tray Ideas ~ Transferring Pinterest Board

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot Tray Ideas ~ Transferring on Pinterest.


The Linky Details

To make these linkys simple for bloggers I am not requiring a link back, that way you don’t have to go back and add it to old posts but can feel free to link up easily.

I do ask that you pin this post, or share the post on Facebook.  If you want to provide a link back to the idea collection, that’s GREAT and will only help your readers!

Irrelevant links will be deleted. This linky will remain open indefinitely.

Link up your TRANSFER Tot Tray ideas below!

See our Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection landing page here!

The Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection