Home Activities and Toys for Fine Motor Development

Home Activities and Toys for Fine Motor Development

 

 

Fine motor skills include small muscle planning within the hands, fingers, and wrist. These movements are used for daily tasks such as zipping, tying shoes, holding a pencil, and cutting. Fine motor development starts in the shoulder and moves down to the wrist and hand. These skills often develop through practice. Repeating certain activities will help a child improve fine motor skills and make the movements more precise. Below are some fine motor activities to do at home.  

Cheerios

  • Place cheerios on a table top and have the child pick up cheerios and place them in the bowl
  • Use uncooked spaghetti noodles to thread the cheerios onto spaghetti

Scrap paper 

  • Have a child rip scrap paper into small pieces and count how many pieces they have. 
  • Scrunch up one piece of paper in their hand to work on building strength. 

Playdoh 

  • Mold and roll Play – Doh into tiny balls using fingertips
  • Use pegs or toothpicks to make designs in Play – Doh
  • Cut Play – Doh with a plastic knife or pizza wheel 

Tweezers 

  • Pick up objects using tweezers, try different materials such as cheerios, small cubes, poms, marshmallows 
  • Toys and games that incorporate tweezers 

Paper on the wall 

  • Attach a large piece of drawing paper to the wall. Have the child use a large marker to make different strokes. 
  • Have the child trace shapes, letters, numbers 
  • Put stickers on the paper 

Toys 

  • Lacing beads 
  • Stack and Nest toys 
  • Pegs and pegboards 
  • Nuts and Bolts 
  • Wooden Knob puzzles 
  • Legos 

Egle Majute M.S., OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist