The Fine Motor Box

A Journey to Success

The Updated FMB:

The Fine Motor Box (FMB) was originally created by owner, Natalie Grooms as a project for her school district in 2017-2018. The box was initially intended to help kindergarten classrooms by serving as a Response to Intervention (RtI) strategy. The project was a huge success resulting in other districts wanting the boxes as well. Natalie left the project with her employer upon moving back to Carrollton. They have continued training many teachers and students on how to use the boxes with a focus on fine motor development as a foundation for school success. When Natalie moved, she brought the idea to her new district, getting funding to supply more kindergarten classrooms with the FMB! Today, the FMB has evolved into an excellent tool for children and their families to use as part of a home program. Kiddos and parents love the durable box and how easy it is to use.
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The sturdy toolbox turned FMB holds a total of 10 activities with six (6) in durable zipper bags, labeled by activity number.  The other four (4) activities are neatly located within the box, three (3) of which are labeled to match their corresponding instruction card. 

The laminated instruction cards clearly explain in detail how to perform the activity and the items that are needed for each task.  

The 10 FMB Activities:

The ten activities help with a range of fine motor skills including: utensil grasp (#1, #2, #3), in-hand manipulation (#2, #4, #7, #8), finger translation (#4, #8), distal finger control (#1, #2, # 6, #7, #8),  pinch/hand strength (#1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #9), palmar arches (#4, #9), bilateral coordination (#3, #4, #5, #7, #10), eye-hand coordination (all tasks), & hand separation skills (all tasks). The use of Smiley (buttons with a smile sticker) helps to keep the ring & pinky fingers closed while using the other 3 fingers for work.. This is hand separation skills!

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