Inside: Our favorite collection of preschool fine motor activities! Each one involves some sort of squeezing that strengthens the hands and fingers, getting them ready for writing. A free fine motor checklist is included for you to download today!
Parents and teachers 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 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!
Bonus! Scroll down to find a free printable list of easy fine motor activities you can do with your preschoolers this week!
Ready to introduce some squeezing activities into your children’s day?
17 of the Best Preschool Fine Motor Activities that Involve Squeezing
- Preschoolers (toddlers, too) love to transfer water with turkey basters.
- Squeeze playdough using a citrus squeezer.
- As fingers get stronger, squeeze water using pipettes.
- Drop watercolors onto paper towels.
- Squeeze and release paint on top of pine cones.
- Drip watercolors down a vertical surface.
- Press Do-a-Dots with palms of hands on a dry erase board.
- Set up a tongs and pom poms activity. (B-Inspired Mama)
- Squeeze glitter glue to make calming bottles. (Mess for Less)
- Use paint with sponges. (No Time for Flash Cards)
- Transfer foam blocks in bowls of water. (Mummy Musings and Mayhem)
- Squeeze lemons and make lemonade. (Two-daloo)
- Drop watercolors on coffee filters.
- Grab some clothespins to make these dinosaurs. (Teaching Mama)
- Squeeze play dough. (Fun at Home With Kids)
- Using icing gel pens to decorate cookies. (Craftulate)
- Invite your child to wash windows. (Montessori Life as We Know It)
Download this free list of easy fine motor activities you can do with your preschoolers this week:
More fine motor resources:
100 Fine Motor Ideas for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists
100 Fine Motor Ideas presents fun, engaging ideas to involve the fine motor muscles in your child’s hands, fingers, and wrists. Ten talented moms come together to share the most successful, creative, and inspiring invitations to play that they set up for their own kids to get those little hands working!
Your child’s hands develop and change so much in the first years of life. From chubby newborn fists that can barely open to infants reaching for your face as they coo to toddlers self feeding and stacking blocks, soon you will have a preschooler learning to cut, write, and turn the pages of a book!
100 Fine Motor Ideas Includes:
Busy Bag Ideas for Playing On The Go,
Sensory Exploration Invitations,
Practical Life Ideas,
Early Learning Activities to Introduce Colors, Letters, & Math,
Art & Crafts to Inspire Creativity,
Seasonal Ideas to Celebrate the Holidays.
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