Trains + Fine Motor - 7 Ways to Play
We have been talking about trains for a few weeks now. Endless hours have been spent building train tracks and freight trains, visiting trains, and reading about trains. By integrating learning objectives into their interests, they are more engaged and eager to learn. For a child who is not as strong at fine motor skills or interested in joining table activities, working their interests into the activity helps to pull them in. Here are 7 fun ways to combine fine motor skill development and trains.
Lacing Freight Trains
Read Freight Train by Donald Crews. Afterwards, invite your youngster to the table to make freight trains. Having the simple prompt of train tracks drawn on a paper drew our kids in much faster than simple lacing beads have in the past.
Noodle + Pipe Cleaner Trains
For this activity prepare an activity mat, pipe cleaners, and tube noodles. I looped one noodle on the end of each pipe cleaner to stop the noodles from falling off. We referred to these trains as Bullet Trains.
Light Table + Train Counting
This is an open-ended counting activity. You are combining the exploration of counting with capacity. "How many bears fit in each car?" "How many bears are on the train?" These could also be used for some addition or subtraction with older children. Dry erase markers could be added if they want to practice writing their numbers.
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