Fine Motor Challenges in the Infant Classroom

Posted on February 13, 2023

The infant room is as busy as ever tackling new challenges, such as the activity shown at right. In this photo, we see one student working hard at trying to rescue toy animals from a maze of strings in our indoor sensory tub. We see that the student is given tongs to accomplish the task and she carefully takes her time as she figures out how to grab and free the desired toy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Physical Development: As students participate in this activity they are practicing their hand-eye-coordination and improving their grip strength and fine motor skills.
  • Cognitive Development: This activity is also great for engaging the brain. Students must work on their problem solving skills, and move through the process of trial and error as they work to free the toys.
  • Language Development: Teachers scaffolding the activity also share ideas to help with this problem solving process and through this our students are also able to practice their receptive language skills.

If you would like to see more activities from the infant room, including a modified version of this activity for younger infants, here is a link for our February class update:

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