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Developing Fine motor skills


Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning and zipping clothing. All tasks which as crucial in day to day life.


Here is a collection of fine motor skills activities for young children that are easy to set up and promote a whole range of skills. They’re creative, open-ended, appropriate and varied with ideas for practising motor skills through art, sensory play and simple manipulative games and challenges.

  • Pouring from one container to another- this would also be so much fun in the bathtub
  • Putting coins into a money box – Kids love listening to the noise it makes too. To make this easier you can get them to post things into a cereal box.


  • Popping bubble wrap – who doesn’t love doing this! It does need to be between two fingers to be working the right muscles
  • Using scissors – just cutting to start with then cutting on the line, shapes. Just remember to be careful.
  • Ripping – some kids just like ripping paper, maybe it’s the sound? You can rip up an old magazine to make pictures & collages
  • Sorting M&M’s into colours (& putting them in your mouth!) Would works for skittles or similar sweets too
  • Transferring objects from one bowl to another, first with fingers then with pincers. Beans, beads, buttons, rice, the smaller the object the harder it gets!
  • Using building blocks – any kind of block build is great
  • Watering the plants with a spray bottle
  • And of course, using a crayon, pencil, paintbrush to create art.