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Activities for Fine Motor Skill Development
Fine motor skills are used everyday. They are used to tie our shoes, fasten & unfasten buttons, pick up small objects, or point at something. In school, your child must be hold a pencil, cut with scissors, & turn pages in a book.
The following is a list of equipment & activities that will help your child refine their fine motor abilities.
Lacing and Threading Activities
• Commercial lacing, sewing, beading kits
• Use bobbins, napkin rings, cheap bangles and rings, washers, macaroni beads, etc.
• Punch holes in cardboard to make lacing boards. You can also punch the holes to make shapes & picture.
• Lace across the opening or around edge of a cardboard box, plastic strawberry boxes, colanders, or rug canvas.
• Sewing cards
Stacking and Building Activities
• Stack rings on a post. There are many types available commercially.
• Stack household items like washers, nuts, bobbins, plastic containers, etc.
• Stack building blocks according to shape and colour.
• Play with commercial construction toys such as lego, kinnex, etc.
Winding, Twisting, & Screwing Activities
• Wind-up toys & nut and bolt toys
• Screw/unscrew containers such as jars & nesting cups
• Construction toys with nuts and bolts like a work bench
Tweezers Type Tasks Activities
• Put clothes pins on and off the sides of containers.
• Place doll's clothes on a play clothes line.
• Transferring items with tweezers & tongs from one container to another. Items include cotton balls, pom-poms, beads, & paper clips.
• Barrel of Monkeys
• Bed Bugs Game
• Hand held video games and others
• Marbles and target box
• Framed puzzles
• Make your own puzzles by gluing a picture onto cardstock or cardboard & them cutting it into pieces. Have your child perform the gluing & cutting if they are old enough.
• Nesting toys
• Chalk and chalk boards
• Crayons and paper
• Stencils & templates
• Finger Paints
Cutting, Tearing, Folding Activities
• Scissors (right and left, single and double, loop type)
• Variety of paper & materials to cut.
• Controlled tearing
• Wrapping/unwrapping activities
• Nesting toys like barrels & dolls
• Nest plastic containers, canisters, boxes, etc.
• Variety of commercial construction toys like Lego, Kinnex, & Tinker Toys.
In-hand Manipulation Activities
• Turning pages of a book
• Picking up coins, beads, & Bingo chips. Try to pick-up more than one and hold them in the same hand
• Remove a pen or marker lid with one hand while holding pen in the other hand.
Toys to Balance & Standing Up
Games Involving Timing
• Play with an egg timer & time:
1. sorting objects,
2. turning cards over,
3. matching objects, and
4. putting pegs into a pegboard.
If you are concerned with the manner I which your child uses their fingers or hands, consulting your family doctor or a healthcare professional such as an Occupational Therapist may help.
Please refer to the Articles & Information section of our website for information on fine motor development.
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