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
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.
Preschoolers (toddlers, too) love to transfer liquids with turkey basters.
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)
Add sponges to a sensory bin to squeeze out water. (Things to Share and Remember)
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. (Stir the Wonder)
Make sure to check out these fine motor collections:
Free List of Fine Motor Activities
Keep this list handy when looking for fun and simple activities.
Each idea strengthens the hands and fingers, getting them ready for coloring, drawing and writing!
Toddler and Preschool Lesson Plans
Looking for an entire year’s worth of learning activities? We’ve done the work for you!
I have helped create each of these packets, along with a team of talented educators and homeschoolers.
Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners.
Every theme comes with recommended reading lists, songs, material lists, and more.
Click on the graphics below for more details.
Toddlers (18 – 36 months):
Preschool (3 – 5 Years):