By 2 or 3 years of age, kids’ fine motor skills have developed to the point where they can engage in all kinds of play activities and functional tasks that let them get a little taste of independence.
And the more they’re exposed to fun fine motor play, the more developed their skills will become.
Laying the foundation now is essential for the development of more complex skills down the road like pencil grasp, handwriting, dressing, and clothing fasteners. Fine motor activities can be so creative and fun that your kiddo won’t even know how hard she’s working those Super Fingers as she plays!
Fine Motor Skills Activities for 2 and 3-Year-Olds
1 || Get little fingers ready for zipping and buttoning by practicing on a button snake (Happy Hooligans) or by making a button chain (Tips From a Typical Mom). Or try out some of our other activities to practice clothing fasteners.
3 || Get a head start on handwriting by having your child begin to imitate simple shapes and lines with paint, markers, crayons – anything you can think of! Start with horizontal and vertical lines and circles and gradually move on to more complex shapes like intersecting lines and triangles.
4 || This is a great time to start helping your child learn to spell his name. This fun caterpillar activity is a great way to promote fine motor strengthening and to teach a child to sequence the letters of his name.
5 || Squirters, squeeze bottles, and spray bottles are the perfect props for fun fine motor play and are perfect for strengthening little hands and fingers! Try squirting at a target, or making your own little car wash!
6 || Squeezing, squishing, pulling, and pushing – so much fun and awesome for building strength and coordination in the hands! Play dough is great for this – there are so many different ways to play with play dough to keep kids engaged and entertained. Try making your own unique play dough kit (Modern Parents Messy Kids) to encourage even more creativity! Looking for more fun ways to squish and squeeze? Check out this fun baby bumble bee activity for kids!
8 || Kids love to string beads and this is a great way to work on grasping, bilateral coordination, and manipulation skills. Why not work in some scissor skills too with this fun and simple threading activity for kids (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
What are your favorite fine motor activities for this age group? Have you invented one of your own? We would love to see it and hear about it! Leave us a comment below, or hop over to our Facebook page and share with us there!