Posted in Fine Motor skills, Learning through play, Our little man

Pre – Writing Skills – Tweezers Fun

Tweezers and Paint Tray.

Now here’s a fun activity that uses materials readily available in our house.

Take a clean paint tray or ice cube tray, a pair of tweezers, buttons, pompoms colored cotton balls or macaroni pasta.

Since we only have uncooked and uncolored pasta. I just ask Angelo to try to transfer the small pasta using tweezers.
However, for more challenging task, you can ask your toddler to sort items into the tray slots by color, size, or quantity.

The goal of this activity is to teach the toddler to hold the tweezers using the proper pincer grip (thumb on one side, and the pointer and middle fingers on the other).






Posted in Fine Motor skills, Finger painting, Learning through play, Our little man

Pre – Writing Skills – Painting with Q-Tips

Once again we’re at our favourite activity, painting. Today it’s painting with Q-Tips (cotton buds)

And I’ve included our favorite activity to hone Angelo’s writing skills.

 We got out our washable paint and some q-tips and I’ve pre-written his name for him to trace.(I’ve got this brown paper from Homes R’ Us – it’s actually wrapping paper)

This fun activity provides an opportunity for Angelo to learn how to write his name.  I wrote his  name on paper with a marker.  Remember to write the first letter using a capital letter then the rest in lower case.  I let Angelo trace over the name with the Q-tips.  By repeating this activity, he will begin to understand the strokes on how to write his own name!

It was fun and easy.

It wasn’t crazy-messy, which was a bonus.








When he’s done he went straight to our easel and he was so excited to write his name.



Skills Learned:

  • Fine Motor
  • Eye Hand Coordination
  • Pre-Writing

Happy Writing everyone!

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Pre – Writing Skills – Water Painting

We’re starting to work many more pre-writing toddler appropriate activities into our mornings. I really enjoy watching Angelo as he started to learn the strokes.

Angelo has a little thing for water, so I knew he’d get a kick out of this activity, too. Plus paint with water is a great activity to help toddler with motor skills.

I set out a little dish with just a little water to fill the bottom of it.

Handed Angelo a few paintbrushes and showed him how to trace his name.

And oh boy! Painting with water was a blast!

Clean-up was a snap. The brush and the little dish got a quick rinse in the sink.

This happened to be a neat, mess-free day.






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Pre – Writing Skills – Easel Writing

Do you know that there are a few shapes that need to be mastered in order to write. I don’t know if they have to be mastered in order to be able to write, but it may help with neat handwriting and cause less frustration. Some of these shapes include vertical lines , horizontal lines , circles and etc.

I knew our easel will play a big role in preparing the little tot to write.My aim is to help him to write without switching hands and strengthening his arms.

Chalk help create drag so it’s an easy way to help strengthen his hand and pincer grasp.

Materials :

Easel or A3 paper taped on the wall

Chalk or pencil


Draw dots to be connected on the easel. We started with vertical which Angelo find it easy. As he get more proficient we tried horizontal,zigzag and curves or slopes. maybe next week we’ll try shapes.

Here’s the sample of our pre-writing activities







Posted in Fine Motor skills, Learning through play

Learning through play – Let’s write,Let’s draw and Let’s play!

Our kids are learning in every way: Their imaginations are richer than ever, vocabulary and descriptive language are expanding, and early math and writing skills are beginning to emerge.

Here are a few of our activities to nurture little A’s creativity, challenge his new skills but still laughing while as he learn!

though little A is much familiar with the alphabet still we are working on the beginning sounds and allowing him to analayze the direction.
With this activity I am giving him the chance to understand the direction first before answering the worksheet. A simple problem solving yet practising his writing skills





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Be the patron behind the next Picasso!

Whether paints, chalk, and an easel make an excellent at-home art studio; or stock up on crayons, colored pencils, markers, and activity pads for an art kit that can go anywhere.

Either option will have kiddos happily exploring their creative sides while they build fine motor skills and pre-writing skills.

What I love about this activity is that it introduces kids to the concept of art as a powerful way to express emotions..