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The Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills

by Sara McClure on April 7, 2014

Fine Motor Skills are important to everyday activities such as tying shoes, writing names, and buttoning a shirt. Little hands need practice to develop these skills and strengthen hand muscles.

Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills from #finemotor

What Are Fine Motor Skills and Why Develop Them? is a great place to start if you aren’t sure what fine motor skills really are or why they are important.

Fine Motor Activities for Babies & Toddlers:

Fabric Sensory Box for Toddlers–little fingers explore textures and practice pulling fabric strips out of a hole.

Gel Sensory Bags–let little fingers explore textures and practice manipulating items.

Rubber Band Guitar for Babies–let little fingers try to grasp and pluck the rubberbands to make noise.

DIY Shrinky Dink Ribbon Pull Toy–little fingers pull the ribbon through the holes

10 Fine Motor Activities for Babies & Toddlers from Happy Hooligans

Sticky Sheep from Twodaloo–stick pom poms on contact paper

Types of Fine Motor Movements

Essentially, I believe there are five basic movements that all fine motor skills activities revolve around–tearing, pinching, cutting, lacing, twisting. These basic movements are the basis for so many skills we use in our everyday life.

Tearing paper develops Fine Motor Skills @happybrownhouse


Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Tearing

Torn Paper Nest Craft–an easy spring craft for little fingers

Paper Ripping Activity from Craftulate includes different paper textures

Torn Paper Collages from Homegrown Friends

The Train Themed Unwrapping Activity from Craftulate is a clever way to use fine motor skills in an everyday situation. And let’s face it, what toddler doesn’t like getting into things?

Piggy Bank Fine Motor Skills practice from @happybrownhouse


Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Pinching

Rainy Day Drip Painting from Minne-Mama is a fun way to use medicine droppers and practice pinching fingers together.

Button Sorting Cups from About Family Crafts is an easy way to practice pinching and color sorting at the same time.

DIY Felt Button Chain is a great way to practice pinching and manipulating buttons.

The Bubble Wrap Learning ideas from Meaningful Mama are a fun way to target a variety of skills.

DIY Cardboard Construction Play Set from Happy Hooligans is a quick and frugal idea.

Rubberband Passing Game–so much fun!


Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Cutting from @happybrownhouse


Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Cutting

DIY Chopstick Tongs an easy way to make a pair of tongs for …

Number Punch~use a hole punch to practice squeezing handles

Cutting tissue paper to make a Stained Glass Butterfly Art is always popular at our house.

Cutting Practice & Learning Shapes from Learn With Play at Home

5 Scissor Exercises for Kids to Develop Scissor Skills


DIY Sewing/Lacing Cards from @happybrownhouse


Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Lacing

Pool Noodle “Beads” Lacing–Is there anything more fun than giant foamy beads for little hands?

Toilet Paper Roll Lacing Tools–A unique idea for recycling toilet paper rolls.

DIY Foam Lacing Cards–easy to make foam lacing cards

Baby Gate Weaving–large scale weaving!

18+ Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Yarn–great list of ideas!

Giant Lacing Spider Web from Fun at Home With Kids

Feather Beading is simple and fun for kids.

I love the Rainbow Lacing Busy Bag from Coffee Cups and Crayons! So cute!

Child’s Sewing Basket–I like the variety of skill level in this basket

Homemade Weaving Looms from Buggy & Buddy

Twisting nuts and bolts for fine motor skills practice from @happybrownhouse


Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Twisting

Heather from Crayon Box Chronicles and her son set up a DIY Geoboard with lots of twisting and then they played!

Tie-riffic Fun with Twist Ties is a clever idea for using leftover twist ties from Learn With Play at Home.

The DIY Latch Boards from My Life of Travels and Adventures are such a neat idea!

Fine Motor Skills Wheels from Lalymom are so fabulous! Kids will love these, especially if you use the family pictures.

Fine Motor Resources:

100 Household Items for Fine Motor Skills from @happybrownhouse

100 Household Items for Fine Motor Skills is a post I wrote that helps your take a look at normal household items in a new light and encourages you to use what you have at home to strengthen fine motor skills with objects children will use in day-to-day interactions.

10 Favorite Toys for Fine Motor Skills

10 Favorite Toys for Fine Motor Skills–pretty self-explanatory, huh? :)

Homemade Playdough Recipe–my favorite recipe! Free printable recipe card included.

10 Ways to Boost the Power of Playdough from @happybrownhouse

10 Ways to Boost the Power of Playdough–Think playdough is just rolling snakes? Think again.

Need even more ideas for playdough play? Here’s my Playdough Pinterest Board

50 DIY Fine Motor Toys For Fine Motor Development

Sensory Bins: The What the How & The Why by Sharla Kostelyk

Sensory Bins: The What, The How & The Why written by my friend, Sharla. This ebook is a great place to start to get ideas and understand why sensory bins are perfect for little hands. While sensory bins have many uses, there are many fine motor benefits!

Basic Shapes For Beginners: A Hands-on Approach to Pre-Writing Strokes for Preschoolers written by my friend, Heather. This book is perfect if you are just starting to work with your little one to develop pre-writing strokes. I have been using some of the activities with my youngest son. It is a great first step for little hands.

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Torn Paper Nest Craft

by Sara McClure on April 6, 2014

We love torn paper crafts at our house. They are easy to make and strengthen fine motor skills for little fingers.

Torn Paper Nest Craft from @happybrownhouse #nest #spring #finemotorskills

One of my favorite spring time art pieces is the Torn Paper Nest we made during Nn-Nest week in My Father’s World Kindergarten last year. Although we made it last year, I realized I never posted about it! It is perfect for Spring Kid Crafts.

Tearing paper develops Fine Motor Skills @happybrownhouse

Using our collage box, Jonah found some light blue paper. I helped him trace an egg shape and then he cut the eggs out. He drew the outline of a nest shape on a piece of paper. Next, he glued the eggs down so they looked like they would be sitting in the nest. Finally, he tore pieces of brown paper and glued them in the nest shape. For the final touch, he added a feather. Easy-peasy!

Torn Paper Nest Craft from @happybrownhouse


iHomeschool Network Twitter Party 3-11-14

by Sara McClure on March 11, 2014

You are invited to attend a twitter party TONIGHT with iHomeschool Network! Tonight I’ll be tweeting behind the scenes for iHomeschool Network for the #iHSnet twitter party with six different featured guests. There are prizes and coupon codes, too!

Twitter Party 3-11-14 9pm (EST) with iHomeschool Network #ihsnet

I hope to see you there! For twitter party newbies, try using Twubs to follow along. Twitter parties are high-paced fun. There are some great companies I can’t wait to tell you about!


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March 10, 2014

I love Pinterest. There are lots of great ways to use Pinterest–wish lists, project ideas, menu planning, and more. I have found that I have a mixture of Pinterest boards, but some of my favorite to pin to are preschool focused. Today I’m sharing my Top 5 Preschool Pinterest Boards. Make sure to follow them! […]

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A Sense of Resurrection: Easter Activities for Families

March 6, 2014

If you are looking for hands-on activities to help explain the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection, then you’ll want to grab a copy of the new ebook, A Sense of Resurrection–Easter Activities for Families from OhAmanda. A Sense of Resurrection is 12 hands-on activities you can do with your kids in the weeks leading […]

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East TN Bloggers

February 25, 2014

It’s always fun to find people in your area that share your own passions. Recently, I was added to a Facebook group. The thing we have in common? We all live in East Tennessee and blog. It was really neat to see the wide range of topics and even see a few familiar faces! I […]

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Simple Science: Observing Snowflakes

February 19, 2014

Jonah was especially excited about our recent snow since it came during the week we were studying snow in science with My Father’s World First Grade. I love when God does things like that! At the sight of the first few flakes, he took a magnifying glass outside to get a closer look at them […]

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