Fine Motor Skills: Activities for Little Hands

Without us really even thinking about it, we begin working on fine motor skills with our little ones. From the time they are babies, fine motor activities are naturally woven in to their day-to-day routines, and as my kids have gotten older, I have enjoyed providing them with even more opportunities to practice these skills.

Fine Motor Activities

Fine Motor Activities: Z-Dough by This Little Home of Mine

For the two-year old and three-year old homeschool preschool years, the letter mats from ABC Jesus Loves Me have been perfect for teaching letter recognition and more. I printed mine on heavy cardstock and laminated them (Here’s a link to my favorite laminator.), and we have used them over and over and over again.

*At one time, these mats were free, but it looks as if the setup on that particular website has changed. I will check into this and update this post soon!*

We have used a variety of objects to learn about the shape of each letter…

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…with rolling out and shaping Play-doh being a favorite for developing fine motor skills.

Fine Motor Activities: Playdoh by This Little Home of Mine

In addition to rolling out and shaping Play-doh, one of my kids’ favorite fine motor activities is rolling it out and CUTTING IT! Yes, there have been many occasions when this simple activity has kept them busy for long periods of time.

Fine Motor Activities: Playdoh by This Little Home of Mine

Psst…I would suggest placing the Play-doh and scissors on some type of tray that will assist with keeping the mess contained. I have recently fallen in love with THESE from Ikea!

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Fine Motor Skills…Hand-Eye Coordination…Concentration…practice with all of these things is built in to this super fun and super colorful Froot Loop Stacking activity!

Fine Motor Activity: Stacking Fruit Loops by This Little Home of Mine

Next up: Letter Stamping & Word Stamping! Not only has this activity been fantastic for encouraging letter recognition, chatting about letter sounds, and creating new words but rolling out the Play-doh and using small stamps to create is also an excellent fine motor activity. Cookie Cutters also work great, too!

Word Stamping with Playdoh and Stamps by This Little Home of Mine

As you can see, Play-doh has come in handy for many of these activities, but I was recently introduced to Z-Dough – a homemade play dough that is made with natural scents. Honestly, Play-doh can drive me nuts sometimes…the mess…the smell…I don’t know, maybe I’m weird, but when Kira from Z Dough sent over personalized tins for each of my kiddos, I was immediately in love with the smooth texture and the yummy smells. She personalized the scents as well – How cool is that?

I love all of the amazing connections I’ve made through Instagram, and if you are not following along with Kira’s account, you must connect with her here! She has filled orders for all occasions – brides looking for something to keep the little ones in their wedding party busy, mamas looking for the perfect stocking stuffers, teachers interested in a more natural play dough option for their classroom – Go check it out!

Z-Dough’s Website

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Over the past couple of weeks we have really enjoyed using Z Dough for our fine motor fun, and I’ll know you’ll love it, too!

Fine Motor Activities: Z Dough by This Little Home of Mine

For more fine motor activity ideas, take a peek at how we use kid-friendly tweezers and pom poms to develop fine motor skills with a variety of ideas that stretch across all subject areas.

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Fine Motor Skills Activity: Pom Pom Sorting with Small Containers

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4 Comments

  1. Great ideas!! Fine motor is so important! I love that you’re doing a wide variety of different things to mix it up. One thing I would add to this list is coloring. It’s such a simple way to build those important fine motor muscles.

    P.S. This is my new favorite blog! 🙂

  2. I clicked on the link for the Play-Doh mats but I don’t see anywhere to download them.Are they still free?

    1. I recently hopped over there, too, and it looks like the setup has changed in recent months! I definitely need to look into this and update the post! I’m so excited to connect with you, Lauren! Have you seen Bitty Beginnings? She has some GREAT alphabet options and runs a lot of fun specials in her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bittybeginnings

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