If you’ve followed early childhood sites for even a short amount of time, you’ve likely seen a lot of fine motor activities. But you may be wondering, “What’s the big deal?”
Fine motor muscles are those small muscles in the body that help us do things like pick up small objects, fasten clothing, tie shoes, and write. The more opportunities we give kids to practice using those muscles, the more small motor control they gain. As they gain more control of those fine motor muscles, the easier it will be to do fine motor tasks.
Today for Discover & Explore we invite you to share your fine motor activities for kids. Below are a few of the fine motor activities available on Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Fine Motor Activities
LEARN MORE ABOUT FINE MOTOR SKILLS
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Low-Prep Fine Motor Activities
This Quick Fine Motor Activity with Q-Tips is a great way to keep your kids busy and let them practice their fine motor skills.
Your kids will love putting together this fun and colorful Magnetic Letter Rainbow.
Your kids will love figuring out which keys go to which locks with this Lock and Key Play activity.
There are so many great uses for marshmallows and these Marshmallow Letters and Sculptures are no exception!
This Bottle Cap Fine Motor Fun is a great low prep activity for when you’re short on time.
Fine Motor Math
This Fine Motor and Sorting~Seed Tray will allow you to have so many different math and seed activities but also give your kids a chance to work on their fine motor skills.
Your kids will love working with this fun DIY Number Line activity in the classroom.
Your kids will love this fun Feather Color Sorting and Fine Motor Activity that will also teach them about color recognition and sorting.
Fine Motor Messy Play
This fun Watermelon Sculptures & Squish Bag activity are a great summer activity to use your leftover watermelon for!
Your kids will feel like a wizard with this Mixing Potions activity.
Fine Motor Art
Forget the paintbrushes and Paint with Pom Poms instead! Not only is this more fun but it’s great fine motor practice.
This Tissue Paper Art is a great process-based art activity that your kids will love!
Your kids will spend hours painting with this fun Q-Tip Painting activity!
This Paint with Spiders is a great creative art activity that also helps build fine motor skills!
Fine Motor Crafts
This Spring Flower Butterfly Craft combines fine motor practice, math, art, and science all into one fun activity.
This Sticky Birthday Hat Craft provides a great chance for your kids to practice fine motor skills without even realizing it!
This Torn Paper Cave Craft will give your kids a chance to practice their fine motor skills in a fun art project.
The folding process in this Spider Headband Craft is a great chance for your kids to practice their fine motor skills.
To add in some fine motor practice to this Torn Paper Christmas Arts and Crafts, have your kids help tear the paper!
Fine Motor Pretend Play
This fun Itsy Bitsy Spider Sticky Wall is a great spider theme fine motor activity or a fun Halloween activity that incorporates fine motor skills.
Play dough activities are another great way to strengthen those fine motor muscles. You can use play dough on its own or create invitations to play related to your child’s interests. Some of our favorites have been spider play dough, flower garden play dough, and apple play dough.