Many children are fascinated with fossils, skeletons, and dinosaurs to keep them entertained, why not give them a fun and exciting home activity. Unleash and train your little archaeologists with our digging the fossils craft for kids’ activity.
The stimulation of fine motor skills in the infant stage is of great importance since children depend on this development to have the necessary tools to perform daily life movements, gain autonomy and strengthen the pincer movement when they start writing. The main objective of motor activities is to lead children to fine and precise movements in which hand-eye coordination is directly related.
María Montessori was concerned with creating appropriate activities for each children’s stage and area of development. That’s why she designed practical life exercises, ideal for developing them in children from 3 to 6 years of age.
Practical life activities focus on favoring children’s motor development. However, fundamental skills are developed with these activities, such as autonomy, independence, confidence, self-esteem, and order.
Parents want the best for their children. They worry that if their children do not learn to read and write quickly, they will be behind in development when they begin school. Typically, these same parents find the activities of refining fine motor skills and the practical life pointless.
However, if they would take a moment to think and observe, the parents would see that children are making their own decisions, managing their learning, and thinking for themselves through these activities.
All of this can be accomplished by fostering confidence in their abilities. They must understand that it is normal to make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from each experience and to do better each time.
So as parents, you should try to motivate and encourage children to be autonomous and independent. In this way, they will be better equipped with the necessary tools for proper learning.
THEME: FOSSILS CRAFT FOR KIDS
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Fine motor skills
Age: 4-6-year-old children
Goal: Through this motor skill activity, children will develop dexterity in their hand and finger movements, autonomy, and independence.
Difficulty level: Average. This fossil activity is designed for children to carry out autonomously by following instructions.
- Dexterity in hand and finger movements
- Eye-Hand coordination
- Following instructions
- A tray with flour
- A brush
- A plastic container
- Previously made fossil pieces
Hide the previously made fossil pieces in the flour.
With the help of the brush, gently sweep aside the flour to find the pieces.
Put the “fossils” in a container.
Sweep and find fossils using a brush and fine motor skills
FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Together with the fossils craft activity, give kids another fun thing to do. Click the link below to download and print our set of skeleton-themed free printable worksheets.
HOW DO WE DO THIS FOSSILS CRAFT ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD
This fossils craft activity can be developed with younger children. It is unnecessary to change materials to lower the difficulty level. The fossil pieces can be hidden. The children can work directly with their hands in a pincer position, i.e., using only the index and thumb fingers, to place the “fossils” in the other container. In this way, a kids activity will be carried out according to the development and children’s skills.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 6
This fossils craft activity can be done with older children. It is unnecessary to change materials to increase the difficulty level. The activity can be carried out by including some kitchen tongs to pick up the pieces once uncovered. In this way, action will be carried out according to the children’s development and abilities.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – DIGGING THE FOSSILS
This fossils craft video will provide you with the step-by-step of the “DIGGING THE FOSSILS” activity, designed for boys and girls from 4 to 6 years old. This activity was carried out by design to dig and find some fossils in flour to develop fine motor skills in children. This kids activity will allow children to build dexterity in hand and finger movements, Eye-Hand coordination, following instructions, autonomy, self-reliance, and self-esteem. The materials needed for the activity are a tray with flour, a brush, a plastic container, and previously made fossil pieces.
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