Inside: This collection of easy toddler fine motor activities are simple to set up and allow them to advance their fine motor skills. An easy and fun starting place to work towards future writing skills!
Toddlers use fine motor skills for so many things in their daily lives.
From zipping up their jackets to coloring with a marker, their little hands hold many important uses.
This is why it can be very frustrating for them when they are unable to complete these tasks by themselves due to lack of hand strength and precision.
Introducing simple fine motor activities to toddlers at a young age is a great way to ensure that they will have the skills to advance these important techniques.
These 25 toddler fine motor activities are easy to set up and require very little instruction so that toddlers can easily grasp these concepts.
25 Easy Toddler Fine Motor Activities
- Transferring Water – Use small pipettes to practice transferring water into small ice cube trays or bowls.
- Colored Waterfalls – For some process art, have toddlers use small pipettes to drip colored water onto vertical paper stands.
- Rainbow Threading – Color some chunky pasta pieces to introduce threading activities to toddlers using thick shoelaces with plastic ends.
- Paint Chip Confetti Wall – Using pieces of paint chips and contact paper, toddlers will stick the little papers onto the wall creating a colorful design. (Happy Toddler Playtime)
- Fine Motor Threading – Easy to set up, this activity involves toddlers threading straws through the holes in a hole-punched cardboard tube. (Laughing Kids Learn)
- Fine Motor Skills with Crazy Straws – Using crazy straws and fabric circles, have toddlers thread the hole in the center of the circles down the crazy straw. (Powerful Mothering)
- Tracing with Buttons – Use buttons to have preschoolers trace the pre-drawn pattern along the line. (Learning4Kids)
- Bead Drop Jar – For very young toddlers, practicing their pinching skills is a great start to strengthening fine motor skills. (Modern Preschool)
- Pom Pom Color Push – Practice color recognition as toddlers push pom poms into the correct color container. (Munchkins and Moms)
- Bead Balloon for Hand Strength – Create a stress ball using water beads and a balloon for toddlers to strengthen the muscles in their hand. (Best Toys 4 Toddlers)
- DIY Zipper Board – This is a great fine motor strengthening activity for toddlers who are struggling to zip up their clothing without help. (Laughing Kids Learn)
- Cap Twist-Off Board – To strengthen hand muscles, create a board of twist-off applesauce lids for toddlers to practice. (Happy Toddler Playtime)
- Peel Tape – For a quick activity in a pinch, have toddlers peel painters tape off of a surface. (Hands On As We Grow)
- Cutting Busy Box – Create slips of paper with designs for toddlers to practice their cutting skills. (A Crafty Living)
- Shapes Dot Painting – Free printable do-a-dot sheets for your toddlers to practice their stamping. (The Resourceful Mama)
- Cutting Box – For a quiet time activity, create a box of items to be cut for toddlers to practice scissor skills. (Sara J Creations)
- Clothespin Grabbing – Use clothespins to pinch and grab at small pieces of pipe cleaners or other items and transfer them into a cup. (Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep)
- Catch a Duckling – Toddlers will use tongs to sort rubber ducks into different bins by color. (Learning Toy Guide)
- Pin the Tail on the Bunny – Velcro the cotton ball tails onto the matching color bunny and use pinching skills to pull them back off. (From ABCs to ACTs)
- Pre-Writing Squishy Bags – Practice writing skills by drawing designs in these mess-free squishy bags. (Learning4Kids)
- Cotton Swab Tracing – To practice the hand motions before learning to write, have toddlers stamp with paint and q-tips to trace letters. (Differentiated Kindergarten)
- Picking Up with Sticks – Use chopsticks or other sticks to practice picking up items like bottlecaps with both hands. (Educadiver)
- Spring Flower Tray – Make a beautiful flower arrangement by poking fake flower stems through the holes in an upside-down colander. (No Time for Flash Cards)
- Letter Matching – Create a box with letters on each slot for toddlers to match the correct letter popsicle sticks. (School Time Snippets)
- Rainbow Ball – Practice pinching and pulling motions by pulling rainbow scarves out from the center of the ball. (Still Playing School)
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