Hi guys! It's Cori from Mrs. B's Beehive continuing our August conversation about fine motor skills in Kindergarten! We all know the importance of fine motor skills, but unfortunately, a lot of our students come in with underdeveloped fine motor skills. They also lack the strength that they need in those tiny hands to wield a pencil or scissors appropriately. So today, we are talking about one way that you can increase hand strength in your students.
There are many different activities to help students increase their agility with regards to fine motor skills, but one of the best ways to increase their strength, is through the use of hole punches. Hole punches can even be challenging for adults at times, especially when we shove too much paper in : ) The grip and strength that students need to punch out a hole in a piece of paper, uses just about every muscle in the hand! Punch card activities can build the strength in their hands very quickly!
I created this quick freebie for you to use during the first couple of months at school. You can use it in small groups with students who are working on increasing their fine motor skills, or you can use it during center time, and let all students get a chance to grow their hand muscles.
There are 5 different templates for the kids to use. You don't have to cut the shape out completely, just cut it into a square, and the hole punch will be able to reach the holes.
My kids LOVE using hole punches, especially if one of those happens to be the teacher's : ) If you are interested in this freebie, just click on any of the pictures in this post, and it will take you to the document in Google Drive. I hope you find these templates useful, and please comment below with other hand strengthening activities that you like to use with your students!