Punches for preschool writing exercises
Craft punches and pre-writing exercises allow children to perform a wide variety of activities in the classroom. In order for younger children to remain attentive in class, it is essential to provide them with activities that capture their interest. Punching exercises on special trays, paper, felt or other surfaces always attract and entertain preschoolers. Letting them express themselves by engraving with the punch concentrates, relaxes and improves fine psychomotor skills, based on coordination between the eye and precision manual movements. The children are motivated by the handicrafts, and when they punch, they are surprised and stimulate their senses; they experiment and enjoy the textures of the materials and the physical act of piercing the paper, as well as the touch of the different perforated figures.
Frequent, progressive chopping exercises help children learn to pick up pencils, brushes or pens correctly when they are older. The mincing exercise is an essential element of psychomotor exercise; it affects concentration, stabilizes behavior and also inhibits useless manual movements, which cause tiredness. A correct position of the delicate musculature of the hand and wrist will allow the child to be able to write without feeling stiffness or pain.
Benefits of punching exercises
Punches should be handled like a pencil, which makes them easier to handle and more ergonomic. The pre-school period is the ideal time to start training with the punches, because at four or five years old the fine motor skills still have to mature a lot. If the child is older and did not receive the exercise at an early age, he or she can begin supervised training as soon as possible.
Frequent and progressive use of this technique will make pencil handling easier and safer for preschoolers when writing or drawing specific lines. In addition to learning how to pick up the punch properly, it requires the attention and manual coordination of the child so that the perforated points are not dispersed among themselves, but that they keep a similar distance and keep the selected figure.
As for the teachers, they must know how the different children in their care evolve their skills in order to progressively increase the difficulty of the punch exercises. For example, when the child draws a figure with perforated dots, over time he must learn to keep the dots evenly apart.