Past Continuous Tense
When you want to describe an activity that was in progress at a certain point in time in the past, you can use the past continuous.
Use was with I, he, she, it and were with they, you, and we. After the action verb add ing. For example:
Question: Was it helping his fine motor skills? Were the activities helping their fine motor skills?
Below is a Web site if you want to test your understanding of the past continuous (or sometimes called past progressive) tense.