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.

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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+)

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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+)

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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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Integrity Time Bible Giveaway

Integrity Time Bible Giveaway

I am excited to share a great giveaway with you today!  We have been using Integrity Time Bible Lessons for awhile now and love it.  You can see our full review here! Integrity Time Bible is a blog sponsor and wants to give a complete curriculum {$120 value} to one of you!

Here’s a couple of photos from our more recent lessons, the puppets are still a BIG favorite around here!

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What is Integrity Time Bible?

Integrity Time Bible Lessons is a unique program designed to teach young children foundational values of integrity through the truth of the Holy Scriptures. There are 26 lessons included in the curriculum, which include games, fun puppets, creative songs, crafts, worksheets, and other positive reinforcement tools. Each basic lesson is about 30 minutes. To extend the lesson for 45, 60 or more minutes, Timely Extenders are found with each lesson. Each lesson also includes a Timely Verse that children are encouraged to memorize (We also sell a Timely Verse poster that helps children keep track of their progress – on the same website as the Bible Lessons curriculum). Also included in each lesson is a Parent’s Page which gives parents ideas to extend and reinforce the lessons. Music is also included with the curriculum but can also be purchased separately if desired.

 

Be sure to read our full review to see how we are using Integrity Time Bible Lessons in our homeschool!

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Friends and Heroes Deals and Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Deals and Giveaway

We are excited to have Friends and Heroes as a blog sponsor and have loved the DVDs for years!  We were given the first one to review and we were hooked. We bought the rest personally! All three of my children {ages 5, 8, 12} love these DVDs. One of you is going to win DVD #1 and we have some amazing deals for all of you!

Friends and Heroes is an animated children’s adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can learn about characters from the Old and New Testament.

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Now through December 20, 2014, Friends and Heroes is offering some great specials!

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You can also visit the new Friends and Heroes blog!

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Lessontrek Giveaway

We found a new homeschool lesson planner, Lessontrek, this year and wrote an extensive review here. I continue to love our Lessontrek lesson plans and am excited to have them on board as a blog sponsor!  We have a great giveaway today and a great deal for ALL of you!

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Lessontrek is an easy-to-use and modern online lesson planner. Lessontrek is gaining popularity due to its simplicity and color coding system. It’s also adding new features on a monthly basis that are based on customer feedback.

 

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Balance Bike Giveaway

I am so excited to welcome our sponsor, Balance Bike Town and share our thoughts and experiences with our personal balance bike.  We also have an AMAZING balance bike giveaway, so be sure to keep reading!

Balance Bike Giveaway

We got our first balance bike many years ago, when Krash was 3.  It was a Strider bike and we were in love instantly. He was a quick learner, was zooming around quickly, and then transitioned to a pedal bike when he was 4.  He never used training wheels and was pedaling within minutes of trying for the first time.  We were in shock after teaching our oldest son traditionally {with training wheels and no balance bike}.

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When Ladybug got old enough we had already passed on our orange Strider bike to a great friend and we got her a pink one!  She was slower to get the hang of it, not really enjoying the Strider bike until she was 4 1/2 but she also learned to ride a pedal bike within minutes when she first tried at age 5 1/2.  Again, we had the exact same experience, she hopped on and began pedaling and never used training wheels. 

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Having the balance bike for our two younger kids when they were little was such a blessing.  I wasn’t so convinced about the benefit until I watched both of them ride a pedal bike with such ease.  I am a firm believer and recommend a balance bike to anyone with a young toddler!  Get them started scooting around on a balance bike early!

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Balance Bike Town not only carries Strider bikes, they carry all sort of balance bikes, and they have a price guarantee!  Be sure to look for the live chat option if you need help selecting the right bike for your child.

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For one of you, this is going to be really exciting!  Balance Bike Town is giving one of our readers a balance bike of your choice valued at $150 or less!  I am so excited to know one of you will be blessed in this fun way!

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Balance Bike Town has just started their Facebook page so be sure to like them and learn more about balance bikes and stay up on their current offers!

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