Children are born with immature fine motor skills. These skills develop over time through physical and neurological maturation along with plenty of fine motor practice.
If you are looking for fun fine motor activities to support your child’s developing fine motor skills, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fall fine motor activity ideas below.
Note: For more kid-friendly fall activities, see my Fall Activities for Kids page.
Development of Fine Motor Skills
The best way for children to develop their fine motor skills is through authentic, engaging activities that require the use of fine motor skills including transfer and spooning activities, pouring activities, cutting and writing activities, pincer grasp activities, clay and play dough activities, etc.
As such, we can support children to develop their fine motor skills through art projects, dramatic play, sensory play, and games. The key is to let kids try their hand at things – even when their fine motor skills aren’t yet sufficiently developed to do them expertly.
Fall Fine Motor Activities
Mouse mail nature activity from Barley & Birch
Fall paper bead necklace from Crafts by Ria
Fine motor fun with a muffin tin from Living Life and Learning
Harvest sensory play from Fireflies and Mudpies
Nature Fine Motor Activities
Corn weaving fine motor activity from Barley & Birch
Pine cone painting from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Seed suncatchers from Projects with Kids
Leaf pin punching from Welcome to Mommyhood
Engineering a free standing tree from The Preschool Toolbox
Apple Fine Motor Activities
Apple search bottle cap game from Apple Green Craft
Yarn apple craft and garland from Red Ted Art
Apple color matching activity from Days with Grey
Apple pinch pots from Red Ted Art
Pumpkin Fine Motor Activities
Pumpkin sewing activity from Carrots Are Orange
Save the Pumpkins fine motor game from Days with Grey
Hammering pumpkins from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Spider Fine Motor Activities
Build a pipe cleaner web from Active Littles
Spider web pick and count fine motor activity from Active Littles
Catch a spider from Party Through the USA
More fall learning resources
More fall posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Fall on the farm sensory bin
- Fall sensory play ideas
- Scarecrow crafts and activities
- Fall-themed What is Missing? game
- Fall do-a-dot printables