Playing with stickers is a great fine motor skill activity. Peeling the stickers off the backing sheet provides a brilliant opportunity for pincer grip and hand-eye coordination.
As we continue our A-Z Fine Motor Play series with the letter L, I decided to create a Ladybug / Ladybird Fine Motor Play activity using small dot stickers.
Although a ladybird is easy to draw, I was short on time and cheated. I printed several versions of Twinkl’s Ladybird Spot Counting Activity so there were four ladybirds to a page.
Whilst my son got used to the activity, I folded the sticker sheet over. This made it easier for him to remove the very small stickers. This method is ideal for younger children as they can remove the stickers independently.
After a while, I stopped folding the sheet over. My son had to work incredibly hard to remove the tiny stickers. He persevered and managed to work out that if he folded the sheet himself, he could get the stickers off.
At the beginning of the activity my son got carried away with adding stickers to each ladybird. Some ended up with far too many spots, many of which overlapped.
Once he had got this out of his system, he decided that each ladybird would have a certain number of dots. He started at one spot and worked through the ladybirds until the last ladybird had ten spots.
For older children this activity could be extended to work on symmetry, simple addition or number bonds to ten. An activity that combines mathematical development and fine motor skills.
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