• 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.


    Shape-Fitting Activities

    • 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


    Hammering Toys

    • Peg and hammer toys

    • Toys with balls & mallets

    • Xylophone


    Peg Boards

    • 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

    • Piano

    • Camera

    • Typewriter Computer


    Imaginative Play Sets

    • Fisher Price Farm, toy Doctor’s Kit, & Log Building sets.



    Resistive Materials

    • 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.


    Sorting Activities

    • 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.



Last Modified on January 13, 2009