Fine motor activities have always been put on a back burner in this house, until recently. Which is probably a good thing. Gross motor skills should come before fine motor skills. Those big muscles help the little muscles!
But wow! What a difference a year makes!
Last year, Henry wouldn’t sit still, or have any desire to do anything that didn’t involve a lot of running around. We were really into activities that promoted his gross motor skills at that time.
But recently, Henry’s taken a turn and likes to focus on some of these littler things. He loves to cut especially.
Now that’s he’s interested in these fine motor activities, what can we do?
I’ve gathered up some inspiration.
Get the Fine Motor Go-To List printable here.
Some materials that promote fine motor skills… along with some activities to do with them!
Materials that promote fine motor skills:
- Pom Poms
- Buttons Tinkerlab
- Paper Clips
- Clothespins The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking
- Rubber Bands
- Tweezers Lessons Learnt Journal
- Pipe Cleaners
- Play Dough Homeschool Creations
- Knobs & Screws (or Nuts & Bolts)
- Hole Punch Creative Connections for Kids
- Syringes & Eye Droppers
- Kitchen Tongs
- Toothpicks Creativity My Passion
- Baskets & Colanders
Activities that promote fine motor skills:
- Sewing Kitchen Counter Chronicles
- Lacing Journey into Unschooling
- Beading Art for Little Hands
- Balancing Pink and Green Mama
- Spooning Marbles Little Hands Big Work
- Paint with Water
- Trace with Water Kingdom First Homeschool
- Clothespin Pinching
- Pipe Cleaner & Button Color Match Diapers to Diplomas
- Paint with Mini Sponges Therapy Fun Zone
- Cutting The Princess and the Tot
- Candy Sorting Play Dr Mom
- Toothpick Punching Creative with Kids
- Buttoning Rockabye Butterfly
Even more activities for fine motor skills. These 32 activities are focused on objects that help strengthen a child’s hand grip.
Stock up on these fine motor materials, here are some handy affiliate links to get you started:
- Plastic Sewing Needles for Kids
- Colorful Buttons
- Eye Droppers
- Fiskars Pointed Scissors
Before really focusing in on fine motor skills, get the kids moving and using their gross motor skills first!
- 30 moving activities for excess energy
- 26 gross motor activities for preschoolers
- 20 physical activities for toddlers
- 32 scavenger hunts for kids