Over the past year, my children have engaged in a range of fine motor activities. Fine motor skills also referred to as dexterity, is to the movement of the muscles in the fingers and hands. Building fine motor skills is important for learning and for life.
So here is a collection of the practical and fun ways my children have engaged in fine motor activities.
Using an old cereal box or any old cardboard box, we made our own lacing cards. Here is a DIY Alphabet Lacing Card tutorial that you can follow that outlines what to do. We used a pipe-cleaner as a 'needle' to help with threading.
These colour objects are called Cotton Reels. We use them to thread with making cotton reel necklaces or snakes. We also use them to learn all about colours as we make patterns and sort them into colour piles.
Cutting straws into small pieces and then threading the straws onto long pieces of wool creates a threading activity.This can be tricky of little people but my son who is a little bit older has enjoyed doing this.
Using craft beads and threading them onto a pipe cleaner is one of the fine motor activities in this box that requires 'Mummy supervision'. However, this is not only building fine motor, it is visually stimulating with the lovely colours.
Threading Fruity Loops or Cheerios cereal onto pipe cleaners makes for a delicious activity.
Threading colourful pasta onto some wool to create a pasta necklace is a much loved fine motor activity. We have a small bag of pre-coloured pasta in our box that can be used when needed.
Using pasta again together with some playdough and some sticks from the garden, we build towers by threading the pasta onto the stick.
Using a pair of plastic kitchen tongs and a group of plastic eggs are great for transferring the eggs from the bowl to the carton. The idea of transferring can be done by using a number of different items such as:spoons, egg-flips, serving spoons,any item that they can hold in their hand and scoop with.
We use the plastic eggs as our item to transfer however other items such as: blocks, rocks, bottle caps, toy cars, buttons, plastic shovels, beads, marbles, balls and anything small enough to pick/scoop up.
A plastic bottle and some colourful pipe cleaners, you can easily create a fine motor activity. Holding the bottle while feeding the pipe cleaner inside the bottle also develops eye-to-eye coordination and concentration skills.
Plastic bottle and some pom poms creates a simple, independent and cheap fine motor activity. You could also try adding ripped up tissue paper, pegs, straws, marbles, leaves and buttons.
A small box together with some rubber bands is simple fine motor activity as the rubber bands are put around the box and taken off again.
Drawing stencils as well as some paper and pens encourages fine motor skills while helping to become successful writers as well as skills needed for life.
Lego or any blocks that can be used to build and construct with as well as to connect together promotes fine motor learning..
Puzzles promote fine motor development as the pieces are used and manipulated by little fingers as the puzzles get done. Puzzles also help build problem solving skills and development concentration.
Peg Boards also help promote fine motor development as well as hand-to-eye coordination with optimal opportunity to learn about colours and patterns, make pictures and problem solve.
Finger puppets as well as hand puppets help children develop fine motor skills as they play. My daughters also like to role-play by telling stories when they use them.
We use our Marbletick to build fine motor. Not only do they work on fine motor skills (pencil grip) they can also learn about colours and patterns.
Connect Four is a game similar to Tick-Tack-Toe where you have to get four counters of the same colour in a row. We use this game to just put the counts into the board until it's full then we tip it out and do it again.
Here are some links to more information and activity ideas about developing Fine Motor skills:
- My Pinterest board Fine Motor and Pre-writing has a collection of great ideas and links to other resources that help promote fine motor
- Here is a fantastic list of 18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers by Mess for Less
- Hands On As We Grow have a list of 32 Objects for Strengthing Fine Motor Skills
- Hands On As We Grow has another list of 30 kids activities materials for promoting fine motor skills
- OT Mom Learning Activities - some helpful hints and suggestions on developing your child's fine motor skills
- Prekinders has some great fine motor skills ideas
- Happy Brown House has constructed a list of 100 household items for fine motor skills