My kids love playing games, especially the games that are a bit crazier than usual. My daughter has been learning how to read and last week she started reading long vowel words. It was a bit rocky at first- as she was so used to short vowel sounds but luckily this week’s challenge allowed me to create a fun fine motor long vowel activity.
Fine motor skills should never be taken for granted as they are so important for daily basic functions such as opening a door with a key. I really didn’t want to drill J with flashcards on how to read the short and long vowel sounds, besides that’s not a fun way to learn and reinforce phonics. Instead I created a gameboard for her (and my son) to practice their skills.
WHAT YOU NEED
Before you can start all the fun you need a few things: (Please note that affiliate links are used below for your convenience):
- Cardstock for printing
- Printer (we absolutely love our Epson Stylus NX530 )
- Game piece
- Fine Motor game board (at the end of the post)
HOW TO PLAY OUR LONG VOWEL ACTIVITY
- Print the game board on cardstock and choose a game piece (preferably one that can be easily grasped with a tong).
- Gather tongs as well as dice.
- Decide if you will be working on short vowels, long vowels or both. Then print and cut out the appropriate cards.
- If you are working on both vowels, allow your child to pick a card, read it and then roll the dice. If they roll a 5, then they must move the dice 5 spaces with the tongs. No fingers allowed.
- The first player to reach END wins.
THINGS TO NOTE
I was able to differentiate this game for C as he is at the preschool level. He had to identify a letter (upper and lower case) as well as a number. I actually tried to let them race each other to see who could finish first but C was not having any of it after a while. Luckily J was a good sport and played the game a few more times.
Here are a few other fine motor activities to try this week.
- Matching Easter Eggs Sensory Bin from Life Over C’s
- Painting Sugar Letters from Still Playing School
- Fine Motor Long Vowel Activity from Learning 2 Walk
- Alphabet Water Sensory Game from Mom Inspired Life
- Create CVC words using Fine Motor Tools from Adventures of Adam
- Pom Pom Color Match Game from Raising Little Superheroes
- Small Eraser Fine Motor Sort from Line upon Line Learning
- Plastic Egg Fine Motor Activity from Something 2 Offer
- Water Bead Pick Up Game from Play & Learn Every Day
- Bead Necklace Fine Motor Practice from Schooling a Monkey
- Intrinsic Hand Muscle Strengthening with Tongs from Sugar Aunts