This age group can be so much fun when it comes fine motor skills activities, because kids have a little bit longer attention spans and can be more independent than our little toddler friends.
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The preschool years are jam-packed with fine motor skill development as kids refine their grasping skills, develop more precise coordination, and get ready for “big kid” activities like handwriting. I love to bring fun fine motor activities like the ones below into the preschool classrooms where I work, introducing them during my OT sessions.
Once the kids have practiced a little bit, they are usually ready to play with the activity on their own, so I’ll leave it in the classroom sensory table or with the teacher so that everyone in the class is getting a good dose of fine motor play even after the OT has left the building! :)
Fine Motor Skills Activities for Preschoolers
1 || We OTs always love a good weaving activity for kids – great for visual motor integration and coordination. This one is super easy to set up and can be used inside or outside!
2 || Clothespins and clips are awesome (and cheap!) tools for building fine motor strength and coordination.
4 || Help kids practice spelling their names and get in some fine motor strengthening by making this fun fine motor craft!
5 || By kindergarten, most kids will be able to cut out shapes independently, so preschool is crunch time for learning how to cut with scissors.
6 || This dot and cut fine motor scissors activity (Powerful Mothering) is an awesome way to work on cutting accuracy.
7 || And if you’re looking to get some big laughs from your little one while practicing with scissors, check out this spider cutting activity (Lalymom) – so much fun!
8 || Activities using tongs and tweezers (Fantastic Fun and Learning) are also great for getting little hands ready for cutting with scissors and can be done with just about any manipulative, craft material, or household object you have on hand.
9 || Learning to use both hands together efficiently (bilateral coordination) can be tricky for preschoolers. This skill is so important for nearly every school and play-related task you can think of.
Bilateral coordination and fine motor strength are also important for the more functional tasks kids encounter in everyday life, like learning how to open food packages.
11 || Fine motor play and early academic skills are a match made in heaven for preschoolers! Nothing’s better than being able to work on skills like counting or letter identification while also strengthening fine motor skills. This fine motor math game (And Next Comes L) is a perfect example!
What are your favorite fine motor activities for preschoolers? Share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you!
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