Fine Motor Squeezing Activities


Parents are concerned if their preschoolers cannot write.  Their preschoolers might get frustrated when given writing tools. Hold on! Their little hands and fingers need to be strengthened. Good news! I have a collection of fine motor squeezing activities that can do just that.

We start working on strengthening fine motor skills in with our toddlers. You know those puzzles with the knobs? And play dough? Yep, that’s a start! But even as they transition from a toddler to a preschooler, their hands and fingers continue to need strengthening.

We work on fine motor activities every day, in playful ways. Our children have no idea the reason behind it, of course. They just know it’s fun!

 Ready to introduce some squeezing activities into your children’s day?

17 squeezing activities to strengthen hands

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Fine Motor Squeezing Activities



  1. Set up a tongs and pom poms activity. (B-Inspired Mama)

  2. Squeeze glue while making a collage.

  3. Transfer foam blocks in bowls of water. (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)

  4. Invite your child to wash windows. (Montessori Life as We Know It)

  5. Press Do-a-Dots with palms of hands on a dry erase board.

  6. Make your own watercolors by squeezing crepe paper.  (Blog Me Mom)

  7. Make a batch of puffy paint to use with turkey basters.

  8. Squeeze glitter glue to make calming bottles. (Mess for Less)

  9. Use paint with sponges. (No Time for Flash Cards)

  10. Roll moist clay in hands.

  11. Squeeze lemons and make lemonade. (Two-daloo)

  12. Use a sponge to clean the table. (An Everyday Story)

  13. Drop watercolors on coffee filters.

  14. Grab some clothespins to make these dinosaurs. (Teaching Mama)

  15. Squeeze play dough. (Fun at Home With Kids)

  16. Using icing gel pens to decorate cookies. (Craftulate)

  17. Enjoy the feeling of cloud dough. (Kids Activities Blog)


17 Squeezing Activities for Strengthening Hands

More hand-strengthening ideas for young children:

Looking for a fun way to strengthen toddler fine motor skills? Here's a fun water activity using basters!      Fine Motor with Sunflowers      Fine Motor Threading Activity


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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. What is in the clear bottle for your top picture of this page (squeezing activities)?

    • Hi Kelly – it’s a plastic squeeze bottle that you can get from the kitchen department of most stores. Very handy!

      • hello sheryl, my daughter (age 4 years) goes to a school where the students of her age are actually writing. my problem is even though my daughter is very intelligent (got intelligence certificate from school also) cant even draw a straight line. i never paid attention to her fine motor skill so tell me the basics so that i can put her on proper writing stuff

        • Hi Navera – I suggest you go up to the navigation bar on my website (below header) and click on “activities” and then “fine motor” (or you can put it into the search box). You will find lots of activities that strengthen the hands and fingers so that they are strong enough to handle writing tools. Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi
    These are great, thanks! The only ting is the link for tongs and pom poms is given twice, the second time in place of the foam block activity please can you give me the correct link, thanks!

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    I missed this first time around, thanks so much for sharing my foam blocks post Sheryl…lots of lovely visits this week so link is definitely working thank you 🙂 Such a great idea for a round up, pinned and shared!

  4. I have been letting my preschool class squeeze “goop” (glue, water, and borax) to strengthen their hands because some of them are having problems holding a pencil, and my boss berated me for letting them play with it for 20-30 minutes per group per day. I explained why I let them do it and she said they should be using it to practice letters….what good is practicing letters to learn to write when they can’t hold a pencil?

    • Oh, Marybeth, I feel your pain. Could you show her my post? Perhaps that might help? It’s sad that so many early childhood educators do not understand the value of this. Especially directors. YOU are doing the right thing.