Fine motor skills are key to school success! Luckily, there are some very fun ways that kids can develop their fine motor skills. Here are a few that my kids enjoy:
Picking up a card and putting it back down without disturbing the cards around it during a game of Memory is great fine motor skill! Matching pattern blocks to cards is a great follow-up activity!
Drawing and Coloring
My kids love coloring – especially when there is room for creative expression! Line art is a fun alternative to traditional coloring activities. Fun, simple drawing games are always popular with my kids, and a great on-the-go activity! White boards can remove some of the stress for perfectionism-inclined children.
Working with sensory materials – from colored rice to corn starch – is a great way to get kids playing with small pieces and paying attention to details. Try no-mess finger painting for days when neatness matters!
Fusible Melting beads are a fine motor challenge even for me! Sewing is another excellent fine motor craft – you can start off sewing paper or go straight to felt! Weaving is another excellent fine motor activity – start with ribbon and threads that are further apart to make it accessible to little ones.
Cheerios are fantastic fine motor building objects! String them on pipe cleaners at the beginning, and then progress to yarn with a bit of tape around the end. Bits of straw are also fun for children to string along a piece of yarn to create a simple necklace.
What are your favorite fine motor activities for kids?
This post is the sixth of eight in the Get Ready for K Through Play series I am working on with Bernadette of Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons, Vicky at Mess for Less, Cerys at Rainy Day Mum, and Kristina at Toddler Approved. Be sure to check out their posts as well!
- 55 Ways to Make Handwriting Practice FUN for Kids from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Fine Motor Practice with Straws from Mess for Less
- Fine Motor Skills: Crafts for Kids from Toddler Approved
- Scissor Practice Tips for Preschoolers from Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Simple Fine Motor Activities for Home from Rainy Day Mum
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