The Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills

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. Developing Fine Motor Skills doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should always be fun! Use these tips and tricks to help your kids while they are developing fine motor skills.

Does your child need to work on fine motor skills? This Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills provides tons of tips and tricks for teachers and parents to help develop fine motor skills in kids.

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.

Developing Fine Motor Skills 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 Skills 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.

Does your child need to work on fine motor skills? This Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills provides tons of tips and tricks for teachers and parents to help develop fine motor skills in kids.

Tearing

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?

Does your child need to work on fine motor skills? This Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills provides tons of tips and tricks for teachers and parents to help develop fine motor skills in kids.

Pinching

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!

 

Does your child need to work on fine motor skills? This Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills provides tons of tips and tricks for teachers and parents to help develop fine motor skills in kids.

Cutting

Focus on Fine Motor Skills~Cutting

DIY Chopstick Tongs an easy way to make a pair of tongs that will help practice squeezing hand muscles.

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

 

Does your child need to work on fine motor skills? This Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills provides tons of tips and tricks for teachers and parents to help develop fine motor skills in kids.

Lacing

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

Does your child need to work on fine motor skills? This Ultimate Guide to Developing Fine Motor Skills provides tons of tips and tricks for teachers and parents to help develop fine motor skills in kids.

Twisting

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.

Developing Fine Motor Skills Resources:

100 Household Items for Fine Motor Skills from @happybrownhouse www.happybrownhouse.com

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 develop 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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Comments

  1. This is an awesome resource!! And thanks for including my ebook in the list! 🙂

  2. Holy moly ravioli, this is a super post! Pinned to my “children” board on Pinterest!

  3. Thank you for including our rainy day drip painting! I love this collection of activities!! Off to pin it 🙂

  4. What a great list of ideas ~ thanks so much for pulling it all together! Pinning 🙂

    Marie-Claire

  5. What a great resource for fine motor skills ideas! Kids have to want to do the activity or it’s a bust, so these fun ideas are perfect!

  6. LOVE this! Thanks for such a great resource! I have pinned this on my Fine motor/ Handwriting board!

  7. Great ideas for improving fine motor skills. I think I’ll put together a fine motor station here in my home preschool and use a lot of the ideas on this list. Thanks for the great post!

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