Fine Motor Skill Development
Fine motor skills are used every day. 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 or crayon, 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.
• Shapes: Place shapes into corresponding holes (make your own by cutting different size holes in lids of coffee can, etc.).
• Puzzles: from simple (few pieces, non interlocking, with knobs) to complex (more pieces, no knobs)
• Puzzles made from a variety of materials like laminated magazine pages, pictures glued on cardboard with shapes drawn and cut out, large photo of your child cut into shapes.
• Large floor puzzles
Toys to Dress Up
• Dress up dolls with clothes, hat, scarf, loose jacket, elasticized pants, skirt, etc.
• Hand puppets
• Finger puppets
• Peg and hammer toys
• Toys with balls & mallets
• Use a variety of sizes and patterns.
• Toys like trains, trucks, boats, etc. that require putting little people into seats.
Toys with Keys & Buttons to Press with One Finger
• Cash register
• Typewriter Computer
Imaginative Play Sets
• Fisher Price Farm, toy Doctor’s Kit, & Log Building sets.
• Play dough with rolling pins, cookie cutters, objects to press in, sturdy plastic knives and forks, spatula, etc.
Scooping and Pouring Tasks
• Use corn, peas, beans, sand, rice, etc. with bowls, jugs, scoops, spoons, etc.
• Vary the size and shape of objects and the type of containers. You can sort large buttons, corn, peas, beans, paper clips, bingo chips, golf tees, & beads into egg boxes, old sewing boxes, tackle boxes, matchboxes, T.V. dinner trays, jars, & bottles.
• Chalk and chalk boards
• Crayons and paper
• Stencils & templates• Finger Paints*Suggestions taken from multiple list serves, as well as, district therapists.