Gross, Fine Motor and Manipulatives for Toddlers and Preschoolers Lesson Plans: Shapes

Whether teaching in the classroom or wanting to give our child the best experiences we can at home, parents and teachers alike need to include activities to encourage and develop both fine and gross motor skills. While concentrating on teaching your toddler or preschooler shape recognition, you may want to include these fun, creative and educational gross motor, fine motor and manipulative skill building activities.

Gross Motor Skills

Balance: Balancing activities are fun and help develop sensory integration and muscle response. These toys help promote and build stronger muscles through balance, coordination, and movement.

Tunnels: Ideal for children who may benefit from weight bearing on the upper and lower extremities. Excellent for coordination and gross motor skills.

Gross Motor Activities: Spinning, jumping, or climbing are all beneficial to development of upper and lower extremities but also helps children who crave the vestibular motion and sensory input.

Fine Motor & Manipulatives

For additional shape recognition, these fine motor and manipulative activities are not only fun and entertaining but educational:

Lacing Shapes: Lace & Trace Farm is a colorful lacing set offers a delightful variety of shapes, colors and patterns. They come in a sturdy wooden storage case. Set contains five jumbo, double-sided lacing panels, plus five color-coordinated laces. This is a great learning tool as it include several different shapes in a variety of colors. The easy carrying case stores everything safely away for you. You can also use it to teach patterns, counting and color recognition skills. It will become a staple of your activities at home or preschool.

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