8 Easy Fine Motor Activities for the Classroom

You hear all these strange words of fine motor and gross motor along with how they are so important….BUT what are fine motor skills do you wonder? Check out gross motor here but read below to check out fine motor ideas.

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According to Understood.org:

“We use fine motor skills to make small movements. These movements come so naturally to most people that we usually don’t think about them. Fine motor skills are complex, however. They involve the coordinated efforts of the brain and muscles, and they’re built on the gross motor skills that allow us to make bigger movements.”

Children benefit from experiences that
support the development of fine motor skills in the hands and fingers. Children
should have strength and dexterity in their hands and fingers before being
asked to manipulate a pencil on paper but we start writing right away in kindergarten or even in preschool so many children miss the development that is so important because we push them to write…but we can still work on these skills!

Working on dexterity and strength can help correct the development of an inappropriate pencil grasp, which is becoming more commonplace because young children are engaged on writing before their hands are ready. Working on fine motor skills in kindergarten is a necessity.

Child holding Claw Pencil Grip

.What are some Fine Motor Skills to develop?

ücutting with scissors-Free Cutting Reminder Page
pulling building blocks Like Llego and Brickyard
play dough
üholding and maneuvering a pencil
dressed with
silverware while eating
and closing latches

Different way to work and develop fine motor skills.

1. Play with Play-dough

Encourage children to squeeze, stretch, pinch and roll “snakes” or “worms” with the play-dough to spell words and create letters. You can even have children cut the play-dough with scissors. We like to make pancakes and stamp sight words from our rhyming posters.

Playdough words from Teach Magically

2. Tear Paper for Crafts

Paper tearing is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills.  The student needs to focus on using the thumb and pointer fingers to make “small” tears in construction paper. See ways to Teach Paper Tearing.

Pictures of Paper Tearing Teach Magically

3. Painting with Qtips

Different types of painting can
help strengthen hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Finger
painting gives kiddos an opportunity to use their hands…and to get messy.
Painting with a q-tip helps kids learn to hold with a pincer grip. 
Encourage 3 fingered grasp of the pencil. Read how to create these Bumble Bees.

Qtips Painting Teach Magically

4. Cut with Scissors

Use scissors to cut simple shapes, Remember straight lines are easier. Curved lines are more difficult. I try to have the students cut shapes to help retell stories and poems. Check out Humpty Dumpty. Click to get Cutting Guide for reinforcement.

5. Copy Simple Shapes

Making triangle shapes can be difficult because of the diagonal lines. Once simple shapes can be made, pictures can then been seen. Drawing “myself” or mom is a perfect activity because “people” drawing includes many different shapes. Encourage 3 fingered grasp of the pencil. Then write and label the story! Rhyming Posters helps with writing of young readers or friends that have difficulty remembering how to spell.

6. Coloring within Lines

Teach how to slow down when close to the line. Sometimes help is needed to focus on the paper and the lines. Use the fingers for the movement of the crayon or pencils. Encourage 3 fingered grasp with this fun Bubblegum Game to learn letters and sounds.

Child Holding Highlighter with Pencil Grip Teach Magically

7. Paste and Glue

Using the glue and placing shapes in relation to each other to make pictures. We cut out rectangles to sequence Humpty Dumpty and retell the nursery Rhyme to practice working our auditory memory skills. Read other Humpty Dumpty Activities.

Child Pasting Fine Motor Skill Teach Magically

8. Connecting Building Blocks

Putting these blocks together and taking them apart works the finger muscles. The small blocks should be used as soon as the child stops putting things in their mouths. The Brickyard brand has an alligator that helps remove the blocks that is another perfect fine motor workout!

Kid building with connecting blocks Teach Magically

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❤Debora from Teach Magically

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