Apple Fine Motor Tracing Strips
Start the year off with some fine motor tasks to get your little learners ready to write and complete other tasks in the classroom.
Fine motor skills are vital for success in school; students use these skills to cut, glue, write, point, and so much more.
Gross motor tasks use large muscles like running and jumping, while fine motor tasks use smaller muscles and can be challenging for some students.
These free apple-themed tracing strips can be used with several different manipulatives, meaning you can use them over and over again for multiple activities. They have a fun apple theme and come with 12 tracing strips.
Prep is Super Easy!
To prepare these tracing strips, you will print them out. Then, cut them apart and laminate them. Done! Three simple steps to make 12 different strips that can be used in multiple ways.
Save time prepping by sliding the whole sheet into write and wipe pockets or page protectors! No cutting required.
Setting Up the Apple Tracing Strips
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- Apple Fine Motor Tracing Strips (button to get them is at the bottom of the post)
- Small manipulatives like pom poms, mini erasers, play dough, apple seeds (optional)
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Dry erase markers (optional)
- Print the tracing strips.
- Cut apart the strips.
- Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
- Gather manipulatives.
- Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Using the Apple Tracing Strips
Slide your mats into wipe and write pockets to make them perfect for tracing with dry erase markers.
Or create a fun apple-themed fine motor activity with the tracing strips and just a finger for a simple task. Students will trace the dotted line with their finger. Each strip has a different line to trace; some are curvy, others are zig-zaggy and jagged.
It is a very simple fine motor work task, but students will be working on strengthening their fine motor muscles, improving their pre-writing skills, and improving their hand-eye coordination.
Differentiated fine motor activities!
To make the apple tree mats even more fun, add manipulatives! Students can use mini erasers, pom poms, or buttons to cover the lines. They are still building their fine motor muscles while they pinch and pick up the small manipulatives. Add kid-friendly tweezers to make it even more challenging!
These apple tracing mats would be great for a playdough activity too! Laminate or slide into wipe and write pockets to make them more durable. Students will roll playdough into long snakes and then cover the tracing lines with it. Students could also smash the playdough over the line if they can’t make a playdough snake yet.
The apple tracing strips would be great for:
- therapy session
- fall theme
- apple theme
- morning work
- writing center
- fine motor center
- play dough center
- early finisher task
Your kindergarten, preschool, pre-k, or toddler students will benefit from this free, easy-to-prep task, and it may become your favorite themed activity for apples! It has so many benefits and is really fun for kids.
Grab the free apple fine motor tracing strips today! Happy learning!