Home Activities and Toys for Fine Motor Development

by | Jan 8, 2020 | Occupational Therapy


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.  


  • 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. 


  • 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 


  • 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 


  • 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