Sometimes, listening to my 5-year-old chatter away with her friends can be exhausting :) but I simply love how much they have to say and how imaginative they are when telling stories. Cooperative fine motor activities let them work together to build their own collaborative creative masterpieces.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: White paper, colored pencils or crayons
WHAT TO DO: Start with a blank piece of paper and some colored pencils or crayons, and let the story begin! Instruct one child to draw a picture of an object on the paper. Give suggestions such as a person, flower, animal, sun, or house. The second child then makes one addition to the picture that expands on what the first child has drawn. The children continue to take turns back and forth, building on the picture and adding to the story until they have a finished product!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Provide prompting, such as “what details could you add to the house?” or “what else do you see in your yard?”
-Once finished, the children can tell a story about their picture to a parent, friends, or classmates.
-Give the kids a starting point by drawing the first object on the page.
-Give the children a theme topic such as zoo, farm, or school.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: cognitive skills, social skills, fine motor skills, visual motor integration, prewriting skills
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