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Fine motor skills = Independence!

A child with strong fine motor skills will have great self-help skills too.

Zippers, buttons, brushing teeth and washing hands are all significant skills that give the child confidence in his abilities.

Fine motor skills are also needed at school for the child to be able to draw, write, cut, and use a computer.

How can you help?

  • Teach the pincer grip – pick up small pieces of cereal with thumb and forefinger. Play with toys that dials, switches and knobs.

  • Dump it! Little ones love to pack toys into a bin and then dump them all out! Picking up the toys strengthens fingers and grip.

  • Playing with sand – excavating buried items is also fun.

  • Stack it! Build towers with big blocks and then move on to Lego.

  • Cut with scissors! Using scissors is a great way to strengthen fine motor skills as well as improve hand-eye coordination and concentration.

  • Lace it! Use string or dental floss to poke through holes in cardboard or strong paper.

  • Get creative! Glue stickers or tiny bits of paper onto a larger piece to make designs

  • Roll and squeeze play-dough into shapes and objects. You can cut it too!

  • Make a collage with pictures cut from magazines or the newspaper.

  • Makerspace! Appoint your child as the card maker for the family – great practice with crayons and markers.


Work on fine motor skills with this fun themed winter craft!

Stay at Home Educator has created this fun and festive craft for you and your little one to enjoy! You'll need:

  • two white paper plates, one dinner plate size and one dessert size

  • bag of cotton balls

  • liquid glue

  • black construction paper

  • orange construction paper

  • scraps of fabric

  1. Begin by inviting your toddler to gently stretch out the cotton balls.

  2. Use liquid glue to glue the cotton balls down onto the paper plates, both the dinner and dessert plates.

  3. Cut a rectangle from the black construction paper for the top of the hat. Glue down at to top of the dessert plate.

  4. Cut a second rectangle, longer and thinner to serve as the brim and glue down.

  5. Cut out two circles for coal-black eyes and glue down under the hat.

  6. An orange triangle for a carrot nose.

  7. Use a long strip of fabric for a scarf and glue down.

  8. Due to the weight of the glue and the cotton balls, staple the two paper plate together to form the head and the body of the snowman. Then, cover up the staples by pulling the cotton balls over them.


More fun with fingerplays!

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