Fine motor skills are those that involve the use of the small muscles of the hand. Some examples of activities that require fine motor control include:
- grasping a raisin between the thumb and forefinger
- rolling a ball of play dough into a log
- cutting paper with a pair of scissors
- holding a pencil for writing
- using chopsticks to eat
Children are not born with all of the fine motor skills required to complete these tasks. Instead, their fine motor skills develop over time through physical maturation and lots of fine motor practice.
Below I’m sharing several fine motor activities to inspire some ideas for giving your kids the opportunities they need to develop and strengthen their own fine motor skills.
Minne Mama shared a beautiful flower patch fine motor threading activity that is perfect for springtime.
I’ve already got it on my radar to try out this hammering water beads activity from Lalymom. I know my kids would love an excuse to pound away with a hammer!
Pi Day (3/14) may be over, but stringing pearler beads onto elastic cord to make these Pi Day bracelets from Pink Stripey Socks surely provided an excellent fine motor workout.
This quilling activity from Inspre Imagination through Creation not only makes for a fun art project, it also develops fine motor skills as kids work to wrap their papers tightly around the quill.
Lalymom shared an itsy bitsy spider hand and finger puppet that can be used to strengthen fine motor skills while learning about our eight-legged friends.
Living Montessori Now rounded up some fantastic Montessori-inspired sewing activities. As a quilter (or, more accurately, former quilter, since I really haven’t done any sewing at all since having kids), I’d love to teach my kids some basic sewing skills.
Finally, if you are interested in developing your children’s scissors skills, definitely check out this post from Sorting Sprinkles. She shares some ideas on scissor progression that parents of young children will likely find very informative.
More fine motor resources
More fine motor posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Toys that build fine motor skills
- Building with foam blocks and shaving cream
- Apple fine motor game
- Trace the shapes art and fine motor activity
- How to assemble a flashlight
- Seed medallions
- Spray bottle mural
- Practical life activities in the kitchen
- Stringing a rainbow necklace
- Fine motor fun with play foam
- Water bead sensory play
- Alphabet lacing cards
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough