20+ Fine Motor Activities – Busy Toddler

Positive motor expertise develop all through childhood, however how do you help these rising muscle tissues? Do this listing of 20+ fantastic motor actions designed to assist children construct their energy and dexterity. These straightforward actions make rising fantastic motor expertise enjoyable for everybody.

What are fantastic motor expertise?

Positive motor expertise are the muscle tissues of the fingers, wrists, and fingers, and the dexterity to maneuver these components of the physique in coordinated, particular methods.

Not simply in childhood, however all through an individual’s life, fantastic motor expertise play an necessary roll. From dressing ones self to consuming to handwriting, fantastic motor improvement is vital in lots of the duties we carry out all through the day.

For youths, rising and creating these motor expertise turns into particularly necessary to their independence.

As dad and mom, we can assist help this development in a means that’s enjoyable for them, helps their wants, and refocus their vitality with an exercise for at the very least a couple of minutes (the dream, am I proper?).

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How children use their fantastic motor expertise

As children develop, their fine motor skills refine they usually’re in a position to make use of these expertise to perform all kinds of duties. In infancy, we see a child pushing up from tummy time, greedy for a toy, and ultimately with the ability to purposefully maintain an object: that’s fantastic motor work.

Within the toddler and preschool years, fine motor skills progress and are used for an entire host of actions. Right here’s a non-exhaustive listing of instances children use their fantastic motor expertise every day:

  • Feeding: utilizing pincer grasp (thumb and finger collectively) and ultimately utensils
  • Dressing: buttoning, zipping, snapping – these all take hand muscle tissues and precision
  • Faculty expertise: reducing, gluing, coloring, and printing use severe motor improvement
  • Life duties: squeezing, squirting, digging, scooping, pouring are all examples of fantastic motor expertise that children want to accumulate

If you’re in search of info on particular areas of fantastic motor improvement (like bilateral coordination and in-hand manipulation), take a look at this put up from The OT Toolbox titled “The OT’s Guide to Fine Motor Skills.”

Why use actions to apply fantastic motor expertise?

Fine motor skills do develop naturally – extra time, children get higher at issues like feeding and dressing as a result of they apply these day by day.

Different expertise, like gluing, reducing, squeezing, and pouring, won’t have as many day by day choices for apply and not using a little intention.

Positive motor actions give children an opportunity to have intentional apply on constructing muscle tissues, dexterity, energy, and precision in a enjoyable and significant means. By publicity and experiences, children develop these motor expertise – and actions can present a significant basis to that improvement.

RELATED: With all this discuss of fantastic motor expertise, what about handwriting? Learn this to study extra about handwriting development in early childhood.

25+ fantastic motor actions

Every exercise has famous what expertise are developed through the play. Keep in mind to contemplate your baby, their developmental degree, and what’s going to work finest for them.

The objective with these actions is at all times two-fold: for the kid to have a playful studying expertise and for the mother or father to get a break or likelihood to get a family job carried out whereas the kid performs.

A child holding a turkey baster takes up red water. A yellow cup of water is next to the red one.

Precision Water Switch

Utilizing a turkey baster, children squeeze water from containers into ice dice trays. Expertise: squeezing, greedy, hand-eye coordination, grip energy.

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Dot Sticker Line-Up

Dot stickers are the presidents of the Positive Motor Fan Membership. Any exercise or play utilizing a dot sticker is okay motor perfection. Expertise: pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination, precision.

WATER SCOOP AND TRANSFER - A fun and simple life skills activity; taby activity; toddler activity; activity for two year olds; indoor activity; montessori activity; quick and easy activity; rainy day activity from Busy Toddler

Ladle Carry Switch

Have your baby use a slotted spoon or ladle to scoop and switch gadgets from one bin to a different. I fill one half of this exercise with water to make the gadgets float earlier than they’re scooped up. Expertise: wrist stability, hand-eye coordination, grip, bi-lateral coordination, energy

Selfmade Play Dough

Play dough actually is nice for constructing fantastic motor expertise. It’s a hand work out to roll, smoosh, rip, and tear the dough and create. This recipe is the perfect on the market. Expertise: Hand energy, pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination.

Toy Rescue

This one is epic: Use painter’s tape to create an online over water. Toss in some favourite toys on your baby to rescue with tongs. Expertise: pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination, precision, grip energy.

Toddler playing in a rice bin activity from Busy Toddler focusing on scooping and trasnfering rice.

Scoop and Switch

With simply rice, measuring spoons and bowls, children apply an entire host of fantastic motor expertise. Expertise: Wrist stability, spooning expertise, hand-eye coordination, precision, bi-lateral coordination.

Golf Tee Hammering

Hammering is a superb instance of fantastic motor expertise in play. Studying to hammer is an enormous ability for youths, and this makes it enjoyable. Expertise: Hand energy, hand-eye coordination, motor planning.

Flower Chopping

Chopping is a significant a part of fantastic motor improvement, however reducing on paper is hard. Straight traces take years to good. Begin by reducing non-paper first. Expertise: Grasp, precision, hand energy, reducing expertise.


Chopping is a significant a part of fantastic motor improvement, however reducing on paper is hard. Straight traces take years to good. Begin by reducing non-paper first. Expertise: Grasp, precision, hand energy, reducing expertise.

Baking Soda Dropper

Save your drugs droppers: they’re made for fantastic motor actions. On this one, it’s coloured vinegar, baking soda, and an entire lot of motor work. Expertise: pincer grasp, bi-lateral coordination, grip energy, hand-eye coordination.

Easy Chopping Tray

One other nice strategy to apply reducing expertise in a low-key means: create a easy reducing tray. Expertise: Grasp, precision, hand energy, reducing expertise.

Animal Line-Up

This exercise merges spatial consciousness, motor expertise, and an entire lot of creativeness. Creating this animal parade takes a lot care. Expertise: Precision, stability, grasp, in-hand manipulation of the toys.

PRESCHOOLER FINE MOTOR SKILLS ACTIVITY: This match and glue activity is AWESOME! Kids will love this pom pom activity that's so quick and easy to set up; an easy gluing activity for preschoolers from Busy Toddler

Precision Gluing Exercise

Gluing is a significant life ability that takes main fantastic motor expertise to make occur. This exercise has children practising their precision gluing expertise with moist glue and pom poms. Expertise: Grasp, precision, grip energy, squeezing expertise.

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Water Pouring Station

Pouring is a ability. It’s additionally a ability you need to assist children study to develop away from orange juice on the kitchen flooring. This exercise is how children study. Expertise: Motor planning, grasp, hand dominance, wrist motion.

Snail Sticky Board

On this exercise, children intricately and punctiliously place beads, buttons, and stickers onto con-tact paper. It’s a fantastic motor wonderland. Expertise: Precision, pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination.

Form Portray

Portray is a improbable strategy to develop future handwriting expertise and fantastic motor expertise with out asking a baby to place pencil to paper. This exercise takes it up a notch by asking children to color on a vertical floor. Expertise: Arm energy, grasp, wrist motion.

Shade Mixing Station

Children love shade mixing – and this exercise makes use of among the best provides for rising a baby’s grip energy: the peri bottle. Expertise: Grasp and launch, precision, hand energy, visible motor expertise.

Pipe Cleaner Beading

Beading is a tremendous means for youths to develop fantastic motor expertise, and utilizing pipe cleaners makes it simpler and extra profitable for toddlers and preschoolers. Expertise: Pincer grasp, precision, bilateral coordination, in-hand manipulation of the beads.

PAINTING DINOSAURS PROCESS ART: A silly easy toddler activity painting toy dinosaurs! Toddlers love this quick and easy activity that's perfect for a rainy day; an easy art activity; an easy toddler activity from Busy Toddler

Portray Toys

One other portray exercise however this one makes use of washable paint on favourite toys (don’t fear this comes off). The concept is to offer children a low strain strategy to paint and apply manipulating a brush. Expertise: Grasp, precision, motor planning.

Shade Sorting Sport

Sorting pom pom balls with a set of tongs – this takes focus and expertise. Expertise: Precision, pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination.

Apple Poke

Seize an apple and a few tooth picks: that is a simple exercise earlier than snack time. Let children poke tooth picks into an apple. It sounds easy nevertheless it’s good. Expertise: Pincer grasp, bilateral coordination, energy.

POM POM GRAB AND DROP ACTIVITY: A super easy toddler activity that's so fast to set up; a simple toddler activity; fine motor skills; easy indoor activity; pom pom balls activity; quiet time activity from Busy Toddler

Seize and Drop

I really like plastic tongs. Have children seize pom pom balls and drop them right into a creamer bottle. It takes some severe focus. Expertise: Grasp and launch, precision, hand energy, hand-eye coordination.

Steadily Requested Questions

What age is finest for fantastic motor actions?

All ages! This listing is particularly finest for ages 2-5+ years outdated and creating fantastic motor expertise.

When ought to children study handwriting?

Handwriting takes years of fantastic motor improvement. Don’t rush it. Though writing has turn into a extra frequent sight in preschools, that’s not what’s developmentally applicable for most children. Read my article co-authored with an OT.

When do children cease doing these sorts of actions?

After they’re prepared! Older children nonetheless love actions and actions are nonetheless nice for creating their fantastic, exact actions.

Susie Allison, M. Ed

Proprietor, Creator

Susie Allison is the creator of Busy Toddler and has greater than 2 million followers on Instagram. A former instructor and early childhood schooling advocate, Susie’s parenting e book “Busy Toddler’s Guide to Actual Parenting” is offered on Amazon.

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