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Tactile Activities for Kindergarten
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    In the post, we are sharing Tactile Activities for Kindergarten. When kids start kindergarten, they start spending most of their day doing great motor activities. Each of these skills, from coloring to cutting and anything in between, requires practice and skills to develop. Plus, all the activities are effective in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

    To help your child make a smooth transition, you can help them develop their touch skills at home. A touch ability is everything that involves the sense of touch. One of the best ways to develop these kinds of skills is to work on things such as hand-eye coordination and activities that develop fine motor skills.

    Tactile Activities for Kindergarten

    Kindergarteners need to develop fine motor skills and learn how to pay attention. Tactile activities are a great way to do this. Here are some ideas for tactile activities that can be done with your kindergartener

    1. Finger painting

    Coloring books are less messy, but finger paints allow a child to express himself in a way that is not possible using crayons.

    2. Learning proper pencil grip

    Writing is about as basic and essential as for school work and all children should understand how to use a crayon. Make sure they grab them with the right fingers. You’re going to need practice, but the form is very important. 

    3. Dressing Themselves

    Children should be aware of how to dress and tie their shoes. You can help them learn how to make zippers, buttons. Although most children don’t enter kindergarten knowing how to tie their shoes, this is a skill they can begin to practice one step at a time.

    4. Using scissors

    Children will use scissors in kindergarten, so give them plenty of practice with rounded-point scissors by letting them cut newspapers or junk mail. You may also use scissors to cut construction paper to make creative art projects.

    5. Playing with play dough

    Playing with clay or dough is an excellent way for kids to develop their fine motor skills. Sit down with your child and create specific shapes by teaching him how to roll the play-doh into balls, pancakes, and other interesting shapes. 

    6. Paper mache

    Create something simple with your child. For example, you can make a ball or a set of maracas with paper mache. Teach your child how to tear the paper into thin strips and how to make dough out of flour and water.

    Make the first strips and let the child do the rest. It is not important to create a work of art on the first try, because these activities aim to develop tactile skills rather than a masterpiece.

    7. Stringing beads

    This may sound straightforward, but it helps children develop skills to use their hands and eyes together. They can see what they do and also feel it with their hands, by associating the two senses.

    8. Shuffling cards

    Let your child know how to play cards. This may take a while to master, so start with some cards and don’t press for immediate results or perfection.

    Show the child how the cards roll over and stack on top of each other. Also try to make several small stacks on the table, then turn them into larger stacks.

    9. Putting puzzles together

    If your child loves puzzles, this is the moment to introduce more complex puzzles with more pieces. You may need to spend time on this increased challenge, but it will give you the chance to spend quality time without TVs or computers.

    Wrapping Up Tactile Activities for Kindergarten

    We hope you enjoyed our blog about Tactile Activities for Kindergarten! Our goal with this post was to help you find a way to keep the tactile learning go into with your students. We hope that you will help you incorporate some tactile activities throughout your day.

    We would love to hear back from you! Please feel free to reach out to us. If you like this article Tactile Activities for Kindergarten and would like to know more, please comment below.

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