One of my favorite learning domains to write about is fine motor, so I decided to put together a post with fine motor skill activities for every season of the year. There are so many ways to strengthen the shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers before actual writing takes place. I prefer to use a variety of activities that allow plenty of exploration and open-ended play. While these activities are intended for preschoolers, some can be used with toddlers as well, perhaps adapting them a bit.
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No matter what season you are in right now, you can find ways to add fine motor to your children’s activities. I’ve categorized them by seasons for your convenience.
Winter Fine Motor Activities
Threading with Jingle Bells (And Next Comes L)
Snowball Pick-Up Game (Stir the Wonder)
Build a Snowman (Happy Hooligans)
Lacing Mittens (Frugal Fun for Boys)
Spring Fine Motor Activities
Yarn-Wrapped Tulips (School Time Snippets)
Cherry Blossom Trees (Sugar Aunts)
Rainbow Necklace (Hands On As We Grow)
Sticky Ladybug Fine Motor Craft (Blog Me Mom)
Sorting the Rainbow (Housing a Forest)
Eat Like a Bird (My Nearest and Dearest)
Liquid Watercolor Decorated Eggs (Mess for Less)
Summer Fine Motor Activities
Fine Motor Octopus Craft (Buggy and Buddy)
Shell Sorting (No Time for Flash Cards)
Paint with Water (Still Playing School)
Spray Chalk (Growing a Jeweled Rose)
Melon Balling (Carrots are Orange)
Stringing Stars (Toddler Approved)
Watermelon Structures (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Fall Fine Motor Activities
Feather Beading (Sugar Aunts)
Bobbing for Apples (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Fine Motor Turkeys (Teach Preschool)
Fine Motor Any Time of the Year
More ideas for young children: