Fun games and activities that develop fine motor skills
Developing your preschooler’s fine motor skills is as easy as digging through your arts and crafts closet, toy box, and game cabinet.
Here are a few fun activities you can do with your preschooler to develop fine motor skills:
-Get out the Playdoh and have fun! Mash it, squish it, pinch it, roll it, and hide small toys in it.
-Legos or Duplos are always fun. Build tall towers, taking turns placing the blocks. Start with the larger Duplos and as your preschooler gains strength and control, switch to the smaller Lego blocks.
-Work puzzles together. Start with small, wooden puzzles that have pegs on each piece for added practice.
-Print mazes or find mazes in coloring books for your preschooler to trace through.
-Throw in a fun coloring picture for him (and you) to color.
-Go to the game closet and pull out Connect Four or Ants in the Pants. You need good grasp and strength to play both of these games.
-Lacing cards and beads are occupational therapy favorites. Use cards with widely spaced holes and large beads to start.
-Practice cutting with scissors. Trace lines and shapes for your preschooler to cut. Use a wide variety of paper textures and thicknesses.
As you can see, there are many common play activities from which you can choose to improve your preschooler‘s fine motor skills. Choose games and activities that you have at home or that you know your preschooler enjoys. Change things up from day to day and remember to keep each activity short to match your child’s attention span.