18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers. Love how lots of these ideas use stuff you already have around the house. #kids, #education

It's no secret that fine motor skills play an important role in a child's development and success at school. When I was teaching Preschool and Kindergarten, I saw many kids who had weak fine motor skills. I created a variety of fine motor activities to use in the classroom for students of all skill levels, as everyone can use a little help. Many parents wanted to work on fine motor skills at home too and they often asked me for ideas. The activities I will be sharing today will help kids strengthen their skills while incorporating learning from various parts of the curriculum. I just love sneaking in some learning wherever I can, don't you?
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Pushing Toothpicks
This activity requires 2 supplies and is pretty easy to take anywhere.

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Kids will be gaining strength as they push tees in foam. Even a toddler can do it! 

Fine motor skills for toddlers

In addition to fine motor practice, you can use this activity to help with color recognition.

Fine motor skills development

What kid doesn't love play dough? Take advantage of that by adding some beads for fine motor practice.

Fine motor

Stringing beads on a pipe cleaner is a great way to work on fine motor skills. Add some fun by creating a snake.

Raid your pantry for this yummy activity that will have kids reaching and grasping for more.

Fine Motor Activities

Fun for little fingers! This is another activity that my preschoolers and toddler both enjoyed.

Little hands get quite the workout as they weave paper under and over to create a pretty place mat.

Fine Motor Practice

Love this new use for a strainer or colander! In addition to being a great fine motor activity, this unleashes imagination and keeps kids busy. Win!

Math combined with fine motor work? Count me in! (pun very much intended)

You can make this game yourself and it helps kids learn their colors in addition to fine motor skills.

Cupcake liners and pom poms combine to make a tasty fine motor treat.

This activity combines math, money skills and fine motor. Best of all, everyone has coins.

Kids will have no idea they are actually building small motor skills while playing with marshmallows.

I consider pipe cleaners an essential fine motor item. They sell them at the dollar store so pick some up and play!

Not only does this help improve fine motor skills, it encourages kids to help out around the house.

Pipe cleaners again? Did you buy them yet? Practice counting and math skills while working those little muscles.

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Kids learn all about color mixing while practicing important fine motor work.

Okay, that should keep you busy for some time!

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  1. Vicky - These are amazing ideas. I'm a huge proponent of fine motor practice for little ones. I especially like the colander and toothpick pushing activities. Hadn't thought of those! :) Thanks for sharing. Renee

  2. What a great collection! I'm definitely pinning this post. My favorite is the fruit loops tower.

  3. Love these ideas. I have a little one with delays, fine motor included, so these are just the ticket. :)

  4. Totally pinned this so I can't "lose" it. :)

  5. wow what a great round up. We have done a fair few of these but there are some i haven't tried yet and some that it was great to be reminded of I'm sharing this on my FB page.

  6. I love these! Great suggestions and pictures to illustrate the activities. I will share this on my FB and Twitter page!

    Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC

  7. Pinned this to my Grandma ideas board. Great ideas!
    visiting through Pin Me Linky

  8. Great ideas! I pinned this one too!

  9. These are great. I was just thinking that I needed to look up some fine motor activities for my kids. Luckily, I found this post just in time. I love all the ideas!

  10. I seriously need to do some of these with my 3-yr-old. This looks great for keeping her entertained and learning while the older siblings are in school.

  11. These are wonderful! I have many fine motor ideas on my blog too for toddlers if anyone would like to see. :)
    -Deborah @ For The Love of Learning

  12. I love this list and that you used affordable and everyday items. I am saving this for next week I wanted to take some time and enjoy my kiddos. I am pinning this so I remember these.

  13. I'm running to grab my colander right now, fantastic idea!

  14. I love these! I have a two year old, and I know fine motor skills are something I need to consciously develop with him. Thanks for sharing!

  15. You shared really interesting ideas!
    MammaNene from SergerPepper.blogspot.it

  16. What a great list of ideas! Pinning and will be using later, thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful week!!

  17. Such a great collection of ideas! Thanks for sharing your fine motor activities.

  18. This is such a wonderful collections of ideas!

  19. Love this collection of activities for young children. Great fun!

  20. What a fun and fabulous collection of ideas here! This is a great post! Thank you for sharing at For the Kids Fridays! I am featuring this post at this week's party! YIPPEE!!!

  21. This is a fabulous collection of activities. My twins are nearly three and will love these.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase. I've pinned this to our board.

  22. We've used the bathroom clings with suction cups on the bottom (like what you might put in the bottom of your bathtub) for several different fine motor activities. Turn them upside down so the suction cups are facing up. The kiddos use tweezers or strawberry hullers to pick up beans or pom poms and put one into each suction cup. They an also use eye droppers to squeeze water into each suction cup. If you don't have bathroom clings, you can also use an inexpensive kitchen mat that you would sit underneath your dishes drainer.

  23. That must start from the childhood, and the best way to do that is to choose proper problem solving activities for preschoolers.


  24. Thank you so much for the list here! I plan to use some of these with the kids I nanny for. Thanks so much!