If you’re like me, occasionally you’ll notice that your kid is a real whiz at some things, but perhaps a bit weak in other areas. Last fall I was noticing that Peatie, who was doing great at gross-motor and imaginative stuff, seemed to be frustrated by fine-motor tasks. In order to help him out, I brainstormed activities that develop fine-motor skills.
- Art projects that involve coloring and cutting
- Doing puzzles
- Wooden train set
- Self-care like buttoning a shirt and putting on shoes
- Putting coins in a piggybank, then opening the hatch to release them
- Building with toys like Duplos or wooden blocks
- Lacing cards (make your own with some cardboard, a hole punch, and a shoelace)
- Stringing beads (or noodles!)
- Making things with PlayDoh
- Pouring (we used pinto beans in the kitchen or water in the tub)
- Screwing a nut onto a bolt (we have toy ones that came with a toy tool kit)
- Sorting small objects (coins, colored fishy crackers)
With the goal of fine-motor development at the forefront, I encouraged the kids to participate in at least a few of these activities each week. While we’re not perfecting our cursive (or even buttoning our own buttons yet), I have seen a distinct improvement.