Visual, gross, and fine motor skills involve independent skills, but also must operate in an integrated manner.
- Visual motor skills involve taking in information visually and understanding what is seen.
- Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body including the torso, arms, and legs.
- Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the hands and fingers.
These systems are integrated to allow us to take in information visually, process it, and produce coordinated and effective gross and fine motor actions. The integration of visual and motor skills are early indicators of math and literacy readiness. We have provided links to sites that provide information and activities to support your child’s motor development.
- 02. Toddlers (1-3) Archives – Mama OT
- 10 Station Sensory-Motor Walk Activities for School – Free Printable | Growing Hands-On Kids
- 10 Crossing Midline Activities for Toddlers
- 30 Gross Motor Activities for Kids
- Simple Crawling Obstacle Course for Baby | Hands On As We Grow®
- The Parents’ Guide to Gross Motor Skills for Preschoolers – Empowered Parents
- 02. Toddlers (1-3) Archives – Mama OT
- Developmental Progression of Scissor Skills: 35 Best Tips for Teaching Kids to Use Scissors!
- 17 of the Best Preschool Fine Motor Activities that Involve Squeezing
- Fine Motor Skills Checklist for Toddlers (18 months – 36 months old)
- Teaching Handwriting without Tracing Sheets – Fantastic Fun & Learning
- 6 Pre-Writing Activities for Kids
- 55+ Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills at Home
- Fine Motor Skills Archives – Teaching Mama
- Halloween Hand Monsters * ages 2+ ⋆ Raising Dragons
Here you will find sites that provide information about reading to your child, activities for learning to identify letters and their sounds, and writing letters. You will also find some sites with book recommendations.
- For Parents — Written & Bound
- Book Related Activities Archives – Fantastic Fun & Learning
- Book Lists Archives – Fantastic Fun & Learning
- Preschool Literacy 101
- 17 Hands-On Winter Literacy Activities
- BLB’s List of 10 Wonderful Wordless Picture Books for Children, Ages 0-3 Years –
- Building Baby’s First Library : 25 Book Recommendations –
- 50+ Things to Do With Kids at Home
- Stop Worrying about Teaching Your Toddler the ABCs – Busy Toddler
- The Power of the Pen: Drawing and Scribbling | Illinois Early Learning Project
Links to sites that encourage a love of math. Math is all around us and many of these sites will show you how easy it is to use the language of math all day with your child! Hands-on, play based learning is the best way to learn math and it’s fun!
- Math Archives – Fantastic Fun & Learning
- 10 Things to Know About Math | NAEYC
- Make Your Own Puzzle with Blocks!
- 12 Shape Activities for Toddlers! It’s Hip to be Square!
- 40 Children’s Books That Foster a Love of Math | Development and Research in Early Math Education
All children are scientists! Kids are naturally curious and full of questions. These sites will provide some fun ideas to encourage your young scientist. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy! It’s part of the fun!
- Science Archives – Fantastic Fun & Learning
- 100+ Preschool Science Activities & Preschool Science Experiments!! | Preschool Powol Packets
- Little Bins for Little Hands | Simple Science and STEM for Every Day
- Nature Cutting Bin: A FREE Kids Activity – Busy Toddler
- Rainbow Pouring Station Kids Activity – Busy Toddler
- Science Archives – Teaching Mama
- Edible Science Experiments | Little Bins for Little Hands
- Scientific Method For Kids with Examples | Little Bins for Little Hands
- STEM Activities For Toddlers | Little Bins for Little Hands
- Color Changing Milk Experiment for Kids to Magically Mix Colors
- Science for Kids – Best Children’s Books for Teaching Science in K-8
These sites provide ideas to help your child learn to understand and control their emotions, feel empathy for others and have healthy relationships.
- 9 Ways To Explore Emotions With Toddlers & Preschoolers
- 100+ Social Skills Activities For Preschoolers – Kiddie Matters
- Self-Control: 50+Ways to Help Preschoolers Practice Self-Control – Kiddie Matters
This link will give you a checklist of general milestones by age that your child will progress through.