Fine Motor

DSC_0265Fine motor skills are those motor movements which are smaller and use the finer muscles in the hands and fingers.  These skills are used to complete more precise movements. In order to use fine muscles in the fingers, the child must already have strength in the larger muscles of the body in order to support the smaller ones. If a child has poor trunk and/or shoulder stability than he or she is likely to encounter difficulty during fine motor tasks.

At Home Activities:

  1. Stringing Cheerios (or other loop type food) onto uncooked spaghetti
  2. Using clothespins
  3. Play Doh, Clay, etc .
  4. Pulling/pinching small objects out of play doh, putty, clay etc.
  5. Using stickers
  6. Weaving
  7. Art/science activities involving the use of eye droppers
  8. Putting coins in a piggy bank
  9. Fastening buttons, zippers, snaps
  10. Punching holes in paper using a single hole punchpincergrasp
  11. Spinning tops
  12. Pushing beads, pom poms, or other small objects through a small hole
  13. Crafts
  14. Games such as Kerplunk or Honey Bee Tree
  15. Building with marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti
  16. Cutting with scissors
  17. Stringing/lacing pipe cleaners through a strainer
  18. Attaching nuts and bolts
  19. Squirting with spray bottles or squirt guns
  20. Tearing paper

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