10 Tried and Tested Fine Motor Activities

10 Tried and Tested Fine Motor Activities

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)
Posted Tuesday September 13, 2016

Before children head to formal education, parents will often spend hours focusing on developing their child’s gross motor skills, such as, catching a ball, swinging on a swing by themselves and climbing playground equipment. However, fine motor skills, and developing the muscles in a child’s fingers and hands, is just as important.

Fine motor movements involve the coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers. Strong fine motor skills are essential when completing simple daily tasks, such as writing, opening lunch boxes, tying shoe laces and much more.

This blog will outline ten tried and tested fine motor activities that are cheap and easy to create at home. Although they may seem easy to most adults, the coordination and muscle control required for these activities for young children is a lot harder than it looks!

Marble Sort

Using kitchen tongs, have children sort marbles or small objects into an egg carton.


Sticker Fun

Using our pre-handwriting worksheets, have children use stickers to follow the lines.


Animal Match-Up Fun

Using our fine motor animal match-up activity, print, cut and laminate each of the animals and attach the animal’s legs and tail to wooden pegs. Children use their pointer finger and thumb to open the wooden pegs to create the animals. Have some fun and create silly looking animals by swapping the legs and tails of each animal!

Fine Motor Animal Activity

Marble Balance

This was a favourite! Children need to balance marbles on the top of a large Lego piece. Fine motor coordination was in strong force during this activity!


Non-mess Paint Fun!

Put paint into a clear zip lock bag (you may like to duct tape the top). Using a cotton bud, children draw shapes, letters, numbers into the paint!


Threading Fun

Using our fine motor pinning pages, place holes using a hole punch all the way around the animal. Children thread wool or string through the holes. To make it slightly easier use a basic shape and place the holes further apart.

Fine motor threading activity

Pegs on a Cup

Kids love this! How many pegs can you fit around the top of a plastic cup?


Fly Swat Threading

Using a fly swat or anything that has small holes, children thread pipe cleaners through the holes!


Tennis Ball Monsters

This is great for finger and hand muscles! Cut a hole in a tennis ball to create a mouth, stick circles on the tennis ball for the monsters eyes! Children then feed the monster as many marbles as they can!


Cutting Fun

May seem simple, but kids love to cut! Using scissors is tricky, but they are great for fine motor development! Have children pick a pattern and then cut along the lines!



Comments & feedback

  • I teach in a school for Special Children. These ideas are absolutely perfect. I KNOW our children would enjoy these so much and would benefit greatly from them!

    Comment by Wendy McAlister on September 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    • Fantastic! Thanks for the lovely comment Wendy!
      Kind regards,

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on September 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

  • Love it! Thanks – this is a great set of ideas. Will be putting all of these into my room.

    Comment by Netta Collins on September 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    • Thanks for your kind words Netta!
      Kind regards,

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on September 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

  • It’s very nice to be a part of this Teach Starter. It will be a big help to my teaching profession especially i’m handling children with Autism that most of them have poor motor skills, no attention and first timer in school. God bless you for sharing this to us.

    Comment by Marinela Concepcion Villanueva on November 13, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    • You’re most welcome Marinela! I’m so sorry for the delayed response! I’m glad you have found this blog to be useful.

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on January 11, 2018 at 9:15 am

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