KPrep-Strength and coordination of small motor muscles

The ARISE Strategic Action Team of parents and partners created this page to share activities and information about kindergarten preparedness. Preparing for kindergarten starts long before the autumn a child enters a classroom for the first day of school. Everyday interactions with young children help develop their abilities and skills – and are a lot of fun too!

Each theme focuses on a different goal in the Alaska Developmental Profile (ADP). This assessment is based on the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines and is the measure ARISE tracks to see how prepared Alaska Native and Native American students are when they arrive at school for that exciting first day. Follow ARISE on Facebook for posts on each month’s topic.

April theme: Strength and coordination of small motor muscles

Fine motor skills are an important part of early development and essential to occupational growth and early educational success. Fine motor skills include the control and use of hands, fingers and arms to manipulate objects and control tools. While many of the activities used to learn fine motor skills can seem messy or require careful supervision, fine motor skills help increase the dexterity we need to write, build and help your child express themselves and interact with their world!

Indicators teachers are looking for when conducting the ADP assessment are:

  • Cuts, draws, glues with materials provided
  • Copies several letters or shapes
  • Able to manipulate clothing fasteners (e.g., buttons, snaps, Velcro, zippers)
  • Puts together and pulls apart manipulatives (e.g., blocks, beads, cubes) appropriately

Like ARISE on Facebook for more info and ideas. Together, members of the partnership are posting about each month’s theme.


Countdown to Kindergarten events feature fun activities for children age 3-5, and their parents or caregivers. Each month, activities support the current theme!
Friday, 4/6/2018
Countdown to Kindergarten at Mt. View Library. On bus routes 20 and 21.
Saturday, 4/28/2018
Countdown to Kindergarten at Muldoon Library. On bus routes 10, 20, 25, 30, 31.

Learning Links

Help Your Child Build Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills and Academic Achievement

Understanding Physical Development in Preschoolers

Preschool Fine Motor Skills Activities

Kindergarten Hand Exercises from an Occupational Therapist

40 Fine Motor Skills Activities

This Month’s Activities

    More activities from Best Beginnings here! They’re searchable!

    Kindergarten Links

    State of Alaska Early Learning Guidelines (PDF)

    ARISE & Kindergarten

    ASD Enrollment

    Anchorage Public Library

    Funded in part by The CIRI Foundation

    An initiative of the ARISE kindergarten preparedness strategic action team (SAT). Members: Anchorage Public Library, Anchorage School District, ARISE, ARISE Parents, Best Beginnings, CITC/Child & Family Services Division, CITC/Early Head Start, RurAL CAP/Parents As Teachers (PAT), Southcentral Foundation, thread