The children have many opportunities to practice their fine motor skills in class. The workout for those little fingers gives them the strength and control to write, button, and otherwise use their hands as the marvelous tools that they are.
I offered tweezers to pull seeds from a dried sunflower head...
....a reamer to squeeze juice from a lemon
...a tray of colorful pompoms with tongs and chop sticks
An added benefit to these activities is that they can be a great tool for redirection, bringing focus to a child who may be feeling excited, nervous or just a bit wild. Bringing the child’s focus in to a smaller scale and giving them fine motor tasks that require concentration, often has a soothing effect.