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Different Ways to Develop Fine Motor Skills

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
Adjust your everyday routine to efficiently improve fine motor skills in your classroom.
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Preschool Color Fun and Activities

For Teachers Pre-K
I can't stress enough the importance of songs and rhyming chants to the development of early literacy skills. To reinforce color recognition, little ones sing, count, move, and create. All you have to do is choose which of these great...
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Catch the Beat

For Students Pre-K - 1st
Use this rhythm and pattern activity during transition times or on it own. Start by introducing a rhythm with 2, 3, or 4 beats; use your feet, hands, or entire body to demonstrate. Once learners have figured out the pattern, they join...
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Deck Tennis

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study deck tennis. In this instructional activity that can be adapted to teach movement, passing and positioning in any sport, 7th graders toss and catch a rubber ring, students of varying abuilities will be able to...
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Lessons for Young Children with Autism

For Teachers K
Here are a variety of lessons geared for young children with Autism. There are 12 short activities intended to build attention, imitation, communication, independent living, social, motor, and literacy skills. Each skill is geared toward...
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Paper Ring Art

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
A few bits of paper can really go a long way when it comes to art. Learners build motor skills and a creative voice as they shape and glue thin strips of paper, creating an original scene. 
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Teaching the Musical Concept of Tempo

For Teachers K
Intended for an Autism class, this lesson teaches self-expression through music while facilitating an understanding of the concept of tempo. Pupils engage in a call-and-response song, clap, discuss, and sing keeping feelings and tempo...
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Styrofoam Relief Prints

For Teachers K
Using Styrofoam trays, kindergartners carve and create their own prints. They create an image in the Styrofoam, ink it up, and then use it to create prints. It would be great to mention and show how ink blocks or block prints have been...
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Mini Coil Pots: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers K - 3rd
Art is a wonderful way to teach historical or cultural concepts. Here, learners view a series of coil pots that have been created throughout history by a variety of civilizations. They then create and decorate a pot of their own that...
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Beat the Clock

For Teachers K - 12th
Tired of wasting time trying to get your class to split up into groups? Engage in an activity to help your charges manage time. Learners reflect on a time they were left out or rejected, and then practice forming groups of three within...
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Preschool Coloring Page-Clown Pyramid

For Students Pre-K
This coloring worksheet designed for pre-schoolers features a picture of a pyramid of clowns. There are many small parts and patterns which will require effort and adept fine motor skills to complete, however the lively theme should keep...
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Preschool Coloring Page - Clown

For Students Pre-K
A fun picture any child would love to color, this worksheet features an intricate drawing of a clown holding a dog. Preschools exercise their fine motor skills while coloring in the details of this image.
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Monoprinting with Washable Markers

For Teachers 5th - 8th
An art activity can benefit special needs pupils in a variety of ways. The class creates mono prints. Focus on increasing motor skills development, expressive communication, and safe handling of materials. Discuss or show a video of...
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Gymnastic Skills

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students compete in a variety of games. In this gymnastic skills instructional activity, students play tag, participate in a challenge course, and practice gymnastics moves to increase physical fitness. 
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Balance and Rhythmic Movement Skills

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students balance and move rhythmically. In this music lesson students use a balance beam moving in different ways and participate in a rhythmic activity moving to music. The students use ribbons moving to the music.
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Exercise Stations

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students participate in station activities in P.E. In this physical education lesson, students do station activities. Students start out with a warm up exercise then make their way to dance, bowling, scooters, jump rope, and target...
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Sponge Bob Day!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore and practice a variety of motor skills. In this physical education movement lesson, students rotate between 6 stations. Each station provides a Sponge Bob related activity which requires the children to use fine and...
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Activity Plan 3-4: Scrumptious Shapes

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Young scholars discover together that shapes are everywhere - even in the food we eat. In this early childhood math and art lesson plan, students read about shapes, identify foods that match geometric shapes, and create a class book.
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Activity Plan Mixed Ages: A Funny Hat Show

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students create unique hats. In this early childhood lesson plan, students engage in a group celebration to foster social skills, creativity, and fine- and gross-motor development as they put on a funny fashion show with the hats they...
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Communication and Control

For Students 6th - 10th
In this nervous system learning exercise, students complete 4 fill in the blank, 10 word puzzle questions, and 6 short answer questions about the nervous system.
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Noah's Ark: Cut and Paste

For Students Pre-K
A very simple Noah's Ark cut and paste activity, this worksheet requires young learners to use their fine motor skills to cut out four pieces that are used to assemble the picture of an elephant which is then pasted on the Noah's Ark...
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Data Collection Sheet: Gross Motor Imitation

For Students K - 6th
Just starting out and in need of a data collection sheet? Nearly every skills set established in an IEP needs to be documented to show progress toward skill mastery. This resource will help you track your student on their way to motor...
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Developing Coordination Skills and Pencil Control Using Mouse Hockey

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students explore motor skills by participating in a drawing activity. In this hand coordination lesson, students utilize activity sheets in which they drag their pencil in a specific direction quickly and efficiently. Students utilize...
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Coordination and Flexibility

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students practice controlling their motion and reflexes by participating in different motor skill activities.  In this physical education lesson, students utilize bean bags and hula hoops to help create flexibility and coordination in...