Fine Motor Skills Practice. Fun Monster Craft Activities!

Our fine motor skills practice monster activities will enable you to have fun with your child while developing their working and assisting hands.  The preferred hand is often called the dominant hand and needs to work together with the assisting hand, or helping hand.  When your child writes, the working hand needs to do the writing while the helping hand holds the page still.  Our monster fine motor resources will promote the development of the working and helping or stabilising hands for handwriting.

Sometimes when handwriting has gone wrong, it can be the simplest of things causing the problem (and sometimes not!)  If the supporting or helping hand is not stabilising the page, the writing hand has to act as a stabiliser.  One hand cannot efficiently be both a mover and a stabiliser.  Since the writing hand HAS to move, stabilising with the same hand usually ends with handwriting looking a bit of a mess.  If your child is using the writing hand to stabilise it is going to prevent them from developing fluidity and flow of handwriting.  Freeing up the writing hand to focus exclusively on being a mover can bring about a real improvement in legibility.

I love it when the activity inherently requires the goal we are trying to achieve.  Drawing around a template does just that!  The assisting hand has to hold it still.  This monster activity with shape templates for the body is a winner for developing stabilisation with the assisting hand.
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Developing the foundations for hand preference

It would be wrong of me not to re-visit the fact that development of the preferred hand needs the foundations of bilateral integration and midline crossing.   As these foundational skills develop they provide the foundation for the emergence of the preferred hand.

If you have been working on bilateral and midline foundations, the next step is to provide opportunity for developing the preferred and supporting hands.  Before we jump in with our monster fine motor skills practice, I need to reiterate that should your child be yet to establish their hand preference and displaying some confusion about it, these activities are not for you. If your child is struggling with hand preference you need to seek an opinion from an occupational therapist.  It is not the time for fine motor skills practice if your child hasn't chosen a hand preference.

Monster fine motor skills activities to promote the refinement of the working and helping hands

If your child is tracing around a template, they will have to use both hands for the activity to be successful.  You cannot draw around a 3D shape without holding it still with the other hand.  We always want the skill we are trying to develop to be inherent in the activity.  Trying to superimpose the structure onto the activity and continually have to verbalize the “how to” to your child is defeating the purpose.

Template tracing ticks all the boxes of the skill being inherent in the activity making it ideal for fine motor skills practice.

Prep-work for monster fine motor skills activity

  1. You are going to have to do some quick and easy prep-work ahead of time for this activity.
  2. You are either going to copy the template onto carboard and your child will use the cardboard cut-out as the template.
  3. Or, you are going to trace the template onto a disposable plastic lid and cut out the shape.  I used an ice-cream lid.
  4. Trace the shapes onto the lid and cut them out.
  5. If you have a craft knife available you can cut the shapes out so your child can either trace around them, or on the inside of the cut-out.

Now it is time for your child to get going with their monster crafts!

  1. First your child must trace the monster bodies.
  2. The working hand traces around the shape while the helping hand holds the shape steady.
  3. Once they have traced the body shape, they can cut out the bodies.
  4. Next they can choose which eyes and mouths they would like.
  5. These are mix-and-match monsters so they can choose any of the options to cut out which adds to the fine motor skills practice.
  6. If you child prefers, they can even draw the faces.

If you are looking for more monster fine motor resources, look no further than our Monster Fine Motor eBook.  Danielle from Fun Learning for Kids has a stunning monster munch activity for fine motor skills practice.

In closing about our fine motor resources monster activity

As I always say, children learn when they are having fun.  And developing foundations for handwriting is no exception.  You are not going to engage your child and get them on board with boring exercises.  Our fun mix-and-match monster fine motor skills activity with the foundation skills inherently part of the activity are going to ensure your child gets the handwriting preparation they need.

©Bunty McDougall
Occupational Therapist

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