Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fine Motor Ideas

We have a lot of activities available to help the children build their fine motor skills.  These activities are very popular.
First is the bouncy balls and the ice cube trays.  I found these round ice cube trays that the ball fit into perfectly.  I've included a melon baller for them to scoop.  The tricky part is to get the ball out of the ice cube tray.  They need a good grip with their thumb and index finger to lift them.

Next activity is with marbles, strawberry haulers and the suction cup shapes for your tub.  When you turn the shapes upside down the suction cups are the right size to hold a marble.  Plus they come in many different shapes; frog, fish, whale, octopus are a few that we have.

Then there is the dyed popcorn kernels that we used yesterday at the art table.  With what was left I put in an empty lettuce container and added these cute little egg cups and spoons. The only downfall is that the kernels do end up all over the place.

A fourth activity is sand printing.  You could also use flour or sugar or cornstarch.  This boy won't write his name using a pencil and his mom was concerned so I asked him to try writing it in the sand.  No problem.  He picked out the magnet letters and then wrote each letter.  I suggested to mom that she encourage him to try other activities that use the pincher grasp to build his confidence.

Lastly we have spinning tops.  It's a tough activity for the little ones but they love watching them and slowly figure out how to give them a little twist to make them go.

All of the materials for these activities are inexpensive and usually found at the thrift store or the dollar store.  Making it affordable for families to repeat at home.


  1. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog! Your ideas are wonderful. I never would have thought of scooping bouncy balls with a melon scooper. How simple, yet rewarding. i could totally see my daughter wrapped up with that activity for a good long while. Cheers!

  2. These are great ideas that I need to try to put out there for Henry. He excels when it comes to gross motor... but fine motor is another story... Thank you for providing these great examples.

    I'm excited to feature this on my weekly High Five! - but this week is a special High Ten! because I'm behind and couldn't narrow down the choices.
    High Ten! Friday

    Thanks for the great idea!
    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

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  4. These are all great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I've linked up to your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-favorites-for-march-13-2011.html