When developing curriculum, daycare providers must include age-appropriate activities for young children that develop cognitive skills and fine motor skills. This clothespin letter matching activity will support an alphabet learning unit as well as promote visual motor coordination and hand strength.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are actions that involve the small movement of hands, wrists, feet, fingers, toes, tongue, and lips. In contrast with gross motor skills which involve larger muscles of the arms, legs and feet, fine motor skills focus on small muscle movements in coordination with the eye. Some important fine motor concepts and skills that preschool age children learn to master are bilateral coordination, visual motor coordination, grasp, hand use, manipulation skills, pincer grasp, wrist rotation, pre-writing grasp, hand strength, and tactile awareness.
Cognitive development focuses on developing functions of the brain such as thinking, learning, awareness, judgment, and processing information. According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, children go through several stages of cognitive development and learning activities for toddlers and children should correspond to the appropriate developmental.
This clothespin letter matching activity includes the preparation instructions, procedure, and materials list for this activity. It also provides age-appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning in your daycare center.
For each child you will need:
- Cardstock or cardboard
- Marker or Sharpie
- 26 Clothespins
Clothespin Letter Matching Preparation
- Cut out a large circle from cardstock or cardboard.
- Write each of the letters of the alphabet (either in all caps or all lower case) around the outside edge of the circle.
- Write the each of the letters of the alphabet on the 26 clothespins.
- Put all of the materials on the activity table.
Clothespin Letter Matching Instructions
Invite the children over to the activity area and explain that you will be doing a letter matching activity. Show children to select one of 26 pins and then show them how to attach the clothespin to the correct letter on the letter wheel. Encourage children to correctly match the remaining 25 clothespins.
Learning Objectives and Verbal Cutes
Objective 1: To provide the opportunity for increased visual-motor coordination, bilateral coordination, hand strength, and pincher grasp by using the cotton swab as a paint brush
Verbal Cue A: Can you grasp the cotton swab and dip it in paint?
Verbal Cue B: Can you paint a design with the cotton swab?
Objective 2: To foster letter recognition skills and matching skills
Verbal Cue A: Which letter is on the clothespin you are holding?
Verbal Cue B: Can you find the letter M on the letter wheel?
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