These 20 fun activities help your preschooler practice his/her fine motor skills by strengthening hand and finger muscles, and improving coordination. Keep in mind that these activities should be challenging, but not overly frustrating for your child.
Be a trendsetter by turning cereal and licorice into a fashionable edible bracelet.
Dried pasta soaks up food coloring remarkably well. The finished "beads" are easy for little hands to string into necklaces.
Make a beaded bracelet with your phone number for little ones to wear.
Chenille stems are sturdy and beads stay put, making for a perfect first bead stringing activity for your preschooler.
This simple sorting game keeps little ones busy and helps them practice their fine motor skills.
Kids pick up small buttons or beads and drop them into egg carton cups in this African counting game.
Your toddler can help build and decorate this graham cracker cottage.
Make learning to spell a treat with this letter-based version of bingo.
With a hula hoop or embroidery hoop for a loom, you and your kids can weave unwanted T-shirts into a rug!
This outdoor art installation lets kids try a variety of tasks -- tie-dyeing, fabric ripping, and weaving.
This project will give its recipient a warm hug around the neck whenever she wears it.
This paper place mat is woven in the style of West African kente fabric.
Learning how to cut with scissors is tough! Practice holding the scissors properly, keeping them in line with your child's arm, thumb on top, pinky on bottom. It's a good idea to start with cutting stiff materials like cardstock or even licorice before moving onto flimsier materials like copy paper.
This cute craft introduces toddlers to papier-mâché (and to delayed gratification, as the project takes several hours to dry).
Your child can practice scissors skills by cutting licorice stems!
Your child can practice cutting straight lines to make these festive paper lanterns.
Give your photos a silly makeover with this creative cutting and pasting project.
This colorful no-cook play dough is made with ingredients from your kitchen, and you won't have to worry if some ends up in your toddler's mouth.
A cross between paint and dough, this delightful concoction is fun to squeeze out into puffy, colorful designs. As it dries, the salt in the dough crystallizes, leaving behind a glittering abstraction.
These delicious holiday treats, whipped up from piecrust and seedless jam, are so easy to make, your little baker can do almost everything herself.
"For the youngest kids, art is really about the tactility of the materials, what they feel like," says Abbey Hendrickson a former educator at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. We can't think of a more tactile experience.
20 Fine Motor Skills Activities for Preschoolers
Phone Number Bead Bracelet
Egg Carton Sorting for Preschoolers
Mankala Counting Game
Mini Holiday House
Hula Hoop Rug
Woven Tie-Dye Wall
The Royal Weave
Tissue Paper Bowls
All-Natural Play Clay
Classic Jam Tarts
Color in a Bag
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