Fine Motor Squeezing Activities for Preschoolers

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 for preschoolers 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 for Preschoolers



  1. Preschoolers (toddlers, too) love to transfer water with turkey basters.

  2. Squeeze playdough using a citrus squeezer.

  3. As fingers get stronger, squeeze water using pipettes.

  4. Squeeze and release paint on top of pine cones.

  5. Drip watercolors down a vertical surface.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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