Fine motor skills

We have been working on improving our fine motor skills provision over the last few months. We have a few children getting ready to go to school which means they will need to develop their hand strength and coordination.

To develop the skills needed for writing, pre-school children need to do lots of activities with their hands –

  • Squeeze – playdough and other malleable materials; clothes pegs and tongs;
  • Scoop – with spoons and measures;
  • Pour – water into cups and pour their own drinks;
  • Glue and use sticky tape – junk modelling; gluing pictures;
  • Thread – pasta and lacing cards; Cheerios on string for the birds;
  • Cut – straws and card; paper and round shapes; food to eat;
  • Pick things up – and put them down again – buttons, shiny stones, shells;
  • Games like sorting and matching numbers and letters;
  • Use tweezers and tongs to move things around;
  • Paint – leaves, handprints, finger painting, cotton buds;
  • Scrunch – paper and material;
  • Build – towers and houses with Lego and blocks;
  • Spread – butter on bread;
  • Handle jigsaws – small and large pieces; pegs;
  • Sing – hand songs and rhymes;
  • Cook and decorate food;
  • Spoon – marbles into a jar; rice into a cup;
  • Sew with ribbon or wool and a big needle;
  • Push – shapes into holes; playdough into moulds;
  • Craft with pipe cleaners;
  • Sort – shapes and toys into baskets and bags; pompoms into egg boxes;
  • Draw – dot-to-dot, tracing, rubbing;
  • Turn pages in books; lift the flaps;
  • Weave – paper and material;
  • Spray – with a squeezy bottle;
  • Hole punch;
  • Stamp – with a toothpaste cap, cork or stampers;
  • Move contents of sensory trays around – silly soap, rice, oats;
  • Glue and stick – stickers with paper backs are great;
  • Get dressed – zip, open and close Velcro, fasten buttons;
  • Chalk and use felt tip pens;
  • Write with fingers in sand and salt;
  • Hammer – using a tool kit.

Find more ideas on my fine motor skills Pinterest board here.

I hope you enjoy trying out some of our activity ideas with the children! Chat soon! Sarah.

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