100+ Fine Motor Activities

INSIDE: Looking for fun and easy fine motor activities for your toddler or preschooler? This post has over 100 craft and activity ideas you can easily create at home or in the classroom to help your child or students improve their fine motor skills.

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills are the interactions between the small muscles, like those of the hands and fingers, with the eyes. They include the small muscles used in common activities such as grasping small objects, eating, brushing teeth writing and getting dressed. They involve strength, fine motor control, and dexterity.

Babies and toddlers develop fine motor skills at their own pace. Some children develop some skills earlier than others, and that’s perfectly normal normal.

Ready to check out the ideas?! Here are over 100 ways your little one can play and create to improve their fine motor skills!

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Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

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Fine Motor Crafts

  1. Washi Tape & Watercolours Butterfly Craft (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  2. Bird Seed Sweep {A Fine Motor Activity} (Little Pine Learners)
  3. Paper Pale Apple Lacing Craft (Kids Craft Room)
  4. Broomstick Fine Motor Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  5. Fine Motor Lantern Craft (The OT Toolbox)
  6. Washi Tape Sesame Street Character Craft (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  7. Fish Sewing Board – Sewing Learning Activity for Kids (Happy Tot Shelf)
  8. Torn Paper Watermelon Craft (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
  9. Paper Chain Rainbow Craft (How We Learn)
  10. Textured Rainbow Suncatcher Craft (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  11. Paper Plate Flower Fine Motor Craft (Toddler Approved)
  12. Cotton Ball Names (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  13. Sticky Fish – Inspire My Play

Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

  1. Cookie Cutter Fine Motor Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  2. Cutting Practice Made Fun! (Days with Grey)
  3. Make Preschool Fine Motor Practice Fun with Buttons (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
  4. Musical Instrument Rescue (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  7. Fruit Loop Graph (Play to Learn Preschool)
  8. Cap Twist Off Board (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  9. Sticker Lines: Fine Motor Activity (Busy Toddler)
  10. Wash the Socks: a Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers (Days with Grey)
  11. Sea Animal Rescue: Fine Motor Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  12. Clip Worm Fine Motor Activity (Your Therapy Source)
  13. Quick and Easy Fine Motor Clothespin Activity (School Time Snippets)
  14. Frozen Lego Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  15. Taped toys fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers (Laughing Kids Learn)
  16. Rescue the Zoo Animals (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  17. Toddler Glue Dots and Buttons (Tinkerlab)
  18. Dot to Dot Fine Motor Activity (Days with Grey)
  19. Car Fine Motor Activity with Stickers (Toddler Approved)
  20. Car Mechanic Pretend Play Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  21. Peeling Orange Fine Motor Activity (hello, Wonderful)
  22. Wine Cork Push: Fine Motor Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  23. Fine Motor Skills Activities using an empty Cheese Container and Toothpicks (Active Littles)
  24. Elastic Bands and Pool Noodles (And Next Comes L)
  25. Frozen Pom Poms (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  26. Fine Motor Skills: Rainbow Rice in a Jar – Kcedventures
  27. Fizzy Shapes Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)

More Fine Motor Ideas for Kids

  1. Cardboard Tube Yarn Threading (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  2. Toddlers Love Hammering Tees into a Box! (Hands On As We Grow)
  3. Fine Motor Skills Activity with Beads (Toddler Approved)
  4. Counting Hearts Wand (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  5. Hole Punch Fine Motor Activity (The Resourceful Mama)
  6. Fine Motor Activity to Keep Kids Busy When You Need It (Hands On As We Grow)
  7. Caps & Marbles: Fine Motor Balancing Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  8. Connect the Stickers Fine Motor Activity for Kids (Toddler Approved)
  9. DIY Alphabet Fine Motor Activity for Preschool (Active Littles)
  10. Flower Fine Motor Threading (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  11. Peeling Tape Fine Motor Activity (Messy Little Monsters)
  12. Baby Doll Haircuts (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  13. Feed the Caterpillar Pom Pom Drop (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  14. Highlighter Trace – a Fine Motor Activity for Preschoolers (Days with Grey)
  15. Pom Pom Water Transfer (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  16. Pom Pom Drop Sticky Wall (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  17. Pool Noodle Fine Motor Play (the Mundane and The Miraculous Life)
  18. Lego Car Wash Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  19. Sticky Tape Shapes (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  20. Feed the Frog (Therapy Fun Zone)
  21. Spagetti Drop Fine Motor Sensory Bin for Toddlers
  22. Hole Punch Turkey Counting
  23. Bear Boat Rescue; Fine Motor Activity (Days with Grey)
  24. Play Dinner Rescue Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  25. Spaghetti Bead Towers Fine Motor Activity (Glitter On A Dime)
  26. Feed the Animals: An Easy Toddler Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)

More Fine Motor Activities for Kids

  1. Moon Rock Letters Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  2. Bead & Button Pipe Cleaner Bracelets (Glitter On a Dime)
  3. Fine motor activity using a spiky ball and loom bands (Laughing Kids Learn)
  4. Dinosaur Bones Sticky Wall (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  5. Baby Doll Bandaid Shape Matching Play Activity (Finding Myself Young)
  6. Rocket Ship Clothespin Counting Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  7. Colour Matching Cotton Tip Push Toddler Activity (My Bored Toddler)
  8. Simple Fine Motor Activity with Paper Clips (Hands On As We Grow)
  9. Fine motor ribbon and whisk activity (Laughing Kids Learn)
  10. Ice Sensory Bin (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  11. Pipe Cleaner and Cardboard Box
  12. Fine Motor with Keys in Play Dough (My Bored Toddler)
  13. Drawing to Music Art Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  14. Poking Bin: Fine Motor Skills Fun (Busy Toddler)
  15. Baby Doll Hair Cuts (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  16. Fine Motor Tweezers – The OT Toolbox
  17. Leaf Counting Wands (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  18. Fine motor skill pipette activity for finger gyms (Nuture Store)
  19. Bottle Cap Fine Motor Play (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
  20. Salt Writing Tray: Fun Sensory Activity for Preschoolers (Mom Brite)
  21. Clothespin Counting Activity for Preschoolers (School Time Snippets)
  22. Foil Puzzle Presents (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  23. Teaching Kids to Sew (Red Ted Art)
  24. Making Letters in Play Dough (School Time Snippets)
  25. Toddler fine motor activity. Pompoms and chopsticks (Learn With Play At Home)
  26. Building Fine Motor Skills: Feather Beading (Craft Play Learn)
  27. Spray the Flowers: Fine Motor Outdoor Activity (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  28. Q-Tip Water Tracing (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  29. Clip the Colors (Little Ones Learn)
  1. Threading Holey Golf Balls (A Crafty Living)
  1. Fireworks Colour Match (7 Days of Play)
  1. Q-Tip Sheep (Happy Toddler Playtime)
  1. Fine Motor Alphabet and Coloured Water Activity (7 Days of Play)
  1. Free the Ducks (Keep Kids Busy)
  1. Blossom Play Dough Squash (Harry Louis Adventures)

Even More Ways to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Check out these three round up of activities that are great for developing and strengthening fine motor muscles in toddlers and preschoolers.

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