• Handy Learning Program at
    Jefferson Preschool

    Chalkboards

    Drawing on chalkboards provides more kinesthetic feedback than drawing on paper. Children tend to learn drawing and handwriting at a faster rate when using chalkboards. The preferred position to work is a vertical surface to enhance wrist extension and a tripod grasp. Another option is on the floor to enhance proximal stability.

    Learning Goals:

    • Developmental strokes (vertical line, horizontal line, cross, circle, diagonal lines)
    • Shapes, letters, and numbers
    • Holding writing tools
    • Left to right progression

    chalkboard

     

    Clothespins

     Clothespins held correctly enhance fine motor development and correct grasp patterns. The multiple activities performed with clothespins target the following learning goals:

    Learning Goals:

    • Colors
    • Shapes
    • Matching
    • Sorting and Grouping
    • Numbers and Letters
    • One-to-one correspondence/Counting
    • Sequencing and patterning
     
     
     
    clothespins

    Cutting

    Cutting skills are developed by cutting a variety of media. Usually, the thicker and smaller the media,
    the easier it is to cut. Some media include: play doh, index cards, and regular paper.

    Learning Goals:

    • Manipulate school tools
    • Sequencing (motor)
    • Visual-motor skill development

    cutting

     
     
    Hole Punch 

    Using a variety of hole punches help development small muscles of the hand as well as thumb
    opposition.

    Learning Goals :

    • One-to-one correlation
    • Counting
    • Sequencing
    • Orientation (ON, UNDER etc.)
    • Left to right progression

    Handy Learning Hole Punch

     
    Lite Brite  

    Lite Brite helps develop hand separation, tripod grasp, wrist extension, and eye-hand coordination among
    other things.

    Learning Goals :

    • Shapes and colors
    • Horizontal, vertical, diagonal lines, cross
    • Left to right progression
    • Sequencing an patterning
    • Orientation—top, bottom, middle, above, below, etc.
    • Size
    • Counting

    Lite Brite

     
     
    Macaroni Bin  

    Manipulating macaroni assists to develop pincer control, a tripod grasp, intrinsic hand strengthening,
    hand separation and bimanual hand use (one hand to hold container).

     Learning Goals:

    • Measurement (fill a container)
    • Similarity and differences (penny vs. macaroni)
    • Counting
    • One-to-one correspondence
    • Shape/Letter recognition(draw shapes on lids of containers)

    macaroni bin

     
     Magnadoodle

     The Magnadoodle is a magnetic surface used to practice drawing or pre-writing activities. The use
    of this activity assists with the development of the tripod grasp, visual-motor development, visual
    perception, wrist extension,

    Learning Goals:

    • Developmental strokes
    • Shapes, Letters and Numbers
    • Holding a writing tool
    • Left to right progression
     
    magnadoodle
     
     
    Nuts N’ Bolts    

    The child manipulates a variety of nuts, bolts and PVC piping, connects and screws them together. Nut N’ Bolt activities enhances manipulation of small parts, distal finger control, pronation and supination, proximal stability and finger translation.

     Learning Goals:

    • Counting
    • Matching
    • Size and qualities(large/small: light/heavy)
    • Sorting(sort according to size or length; nut or bolt, plastic or metal)
    • Part to whole

    Nuts and Bolts

     
    Pegboard Resource Set

     Manipulating small pegs and placing into a pegboard is often a challenge for preschool and elementary
    school age children. This activity enhances hand separation, hand development/translation skills, tripod
    grasp, wrist extension, shoulder girdle stability, proximal stability, eye-hand coordination and visual
    perception.

    Learning Goals:

    • Shapes and colors
    • Horizontal, vertical, diagonal lines, cross and X
    • Left to right progression
    • Sequencing and patterning(colors)
    • Orientation (top, bottom, above, below)
    • Size
    • Counting
    • First/last, more/less
    • Numbers and letters

    pegs

     
     
    Picture Lacing Cards

    Manipulating lace cards enhances the child’s ability to manipulate small objects, bilateral use of hands, sequence motor steps, develop pincer grasp and finger translation.

     Leaning Goals:

    • Sequencing
    • Colors
    • Orientation(above, below, on top, underneath)
    • Visual-perception/Visual closure

    lacing

     
    Playdoh Fun  

    Playdoh materials enhance a variety of hand manipulation skills which include development
    of a tripod grasp, cutting skills, bilateral use of the hands, intrinsic muscle development,
    proprioceptive (deep pressure), tactile sensory input and visual-motor skills.

     Learning Goals:

    • Shapes
    • Developmental Strokes
    • Cutting Skills
    • Constructional tasks(building)
    • Left to right progression

    play doh

     
     
    Squiggle Pens

     A vibrating pen provides unique kinesthetic feedback when used for drawing and writing. It is also encourages a proper tripod grasp and visual-motor skills.

    Learning Goals:

    • Writing and pre-writing
    • Shapes, numbers and letters
    • Developmental strokes
    • Holding a writing implement

    squiggle pen

     
    Stamps

     A small stamp is used to stamp within a given area, shape or maze. This activity encourages a tripod
    grasp and assists with hand arch development. In addition, crossing midline and eye-hand coordination
    skills are facilitated.

    Learning Goals:

    • Left to right progression
    • Sequencing
    • Counting
    • Orientation (above, middle, outside, below, etc.)
    • Visual-motor skills
    • Shapes

    stamps

     
     
    Stencils

    The child traces or finger-paints inside a stencil. The stencils are attached to a vertical surface (dry erase board, chalkboard, etc.) to promote hand development and arm strength.

     Learning Goals:

    • Size and shape
    • Colors

    stencils

    Stereognosis
    Several items are placed in a box for the child to find: button, paperclip, eraser, etc. The child must
    find the item without looking by feeling for the objects. This targets tactile discrimination which
    is a skill necessary for learning.

    Learning Goals:

    • Understanding size, shape and texture
    • Learning shapes
    • Describing attributes/similarities and differences
    • Sequencing
    • Matching
    • Grouping/sorting
    • Orientation

    stereognosis

     

    Straw Connectors

    The child assembles straws with joints to form a variety of shapes, structures, or even letters. This encourages shoulder and trunk stability as well as wrist extension which are important for pre-writing and cutting skills.

    Learning Goals:

    • Shapes
    • Colors
    • Patterning
    • Size and quantity

    straw connector

     
    Stringing Beads

    The child must manipulate string with their dominant hand while holding a bead with their assisting
    hand to string small beads. This encourages thumb opposition and small muscle development and
    in-hand manipulation skills.

    Learning Goals:

    • Shapes
    • Colors
    • Patterning/sequencing
    • Counting/math concepts

    Beads

     
     
    Table-Top Easel

    The table-top easel has a white board on one side and a chalkboard on the other. The children can
    practice making shapes and letters on the easel using mini-dry-erase markers or chalk, or Wikki Stix. Writing and completing activities on a vertical surface helps with hand development and arm strengthening.

    Learning Goals:

    • Shapes
    • Colors
    • Patterning
    • Developmental Strokes (lines)
    • Letter Formation

    Easel

    Tactile Bins

    The tactile bins are filled with birdseed, rice, sand, or noodles. The children can practice pouring
    the materials from one hand to another. The children can also reach inside to find items that have
    been hidden in the bins. The items may be common items or specific shapes to match a puzzle that
    they have been shown. This helps to develop the children’s hand arches and tactile discrimination,
    as well as providing sensory input.

    Learning Goals:

    • Exploring a variety of tactile media
    • Letters and numbers
    • Pouring
    • Measurement
    • Size and quantity (small vs. large)
    • Matching
    • Grouping/Sorting

    tactile bin

     
     
    Tongs

     Tongs come in all shapes and sizes. They also have varying levels of resistance. They can be used to pick up small items like pom-poms or erasers. This activity develops the arches in the child’s hands as he or she squeezes the tongs with his or her fingertips. This activity also provides hand-strengthening and motor sequencing opportunities.

    Learning Goals:

    • Sorting
    • Counting
    • Matching
    • Letter and number recognition
    • Early literacy
    • Patterning and sequencing
    • Orientation concepts

    tongs

     
    Toothpicks and Styofoam

    Squeezing the small toothpick provides the child with hand development and strengthening that will
    later facilitate an appropriate grasp on the writing utensil. The children push toothpicks into Styrofoam of varying shapes and sizes that may have a shape, letter, or pattern on them.

    Learning Goals:

    • Shapes and colors
    • Lines
    • Left to right progression
    • Sequencing and patterning
    • Size
    • Counting
    • Numbers and letters

    styrofoam

     
     
    Water Play

     A variety of utensils, including eye droppers, sponges, squeeze toys, and washcloths are used to develop the small muscles of the hand. The children can also use containers and pour water from one to another.

    Learning Goals:

    • Concepts of measurement
    • Size and quantity

    water play

    Wikki Stix

    Wikki Stix are colorful lines that stick to most surfaces and can be molded into different shapes andletters. Wikki Stix can also be used to outline pictures or mazes to provide children with a clear understanding of borders and spatial concepts. The small size of the Wikki Stix helps to develop the small muscles of the hand while also developing hand-eye coordination and visual perception.

    Learning Goals :

    • Shapes, letters, numbers
    • Orientation (place yours above mine, beside mine, etc.)

    wikki stix