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6 of the Best Fine Motor Activities

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? I'm just sitting around thinking about beginning of the year

skills that are always beneficial to focus on, and that got me to thinking about fine motor skills and

how they are necessary in the classroom. Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning

that is often overlooked.


So, what are fine motor skills? Fine motor skills are when the small muscles of the hands, wrists and

fingers coordinate together in conjunction with the eyes. It affects the ability of your students to

write, color, cut, snap, button, buckle, zip, tie shoes, and the list could go on and on!


So today I'm here to share with you guys some fine motor activities that are easy to prep, simple

to implement in your classroom, and cheap to boot.




Shoestrings and Letter Beads

Shoestrings can be found pretty much anyplace, and I've found that it's best to get shoestrings like

the ones in the pictures, rather than the average string like in your sneakers. Average strings are

rather wide, and students may not be able to move the beads as easily. These alphabet beads can

be found at your local Michael's.

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Fuzzy Sticks & Buttons

My kiddos really love this activity (and so do I, it's a great stress reliever, lol)! Sometimes after

they have placed buttons onto the pipe cleaners, they love to twist the ends and make bracelets

and rings out of them! These supplies can easily be found at your local Wal-Mart.

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Lacing Cards

We've all seen the lacing cards that you can purchase for fine motor practice. However, there is an 

alternative and cheaper route! You can use a pack of accents from the teacher store, or you can

even print out pictures from the computer. Laminate them,  punch some holes and voila! 

There you have it! Easy peasy!

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Hole Punches

For some reason, students love to punch holes in things, especially if they can make different 

shapes out of them! I try to get a variety of them, from either Wal-Mart or Michael's. Add some

paper, and they're ready to go!


Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Fine Motor Tweezers, Pom-Poms & Ice Cube Trays

I usually buy a ton of pom-poms, of differing sizes, from Wal-Mart's craft section, and then I

just dump them into a large bin. I pass out the fine motor tongs, and the ice cube trays, and I just

let them go to work!


Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Play Dough Mats

I think besides the sensory table, our word work center is a kid-approved center. They LOVE

playing with play dough! I like that it gives them continued fine motor practice throughout the

school year as we move towards mastery of the standards. You can find them here!

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Easy prep center with play dough not only let's children practice their numbers 0-20 and 2D shapes, it also provides fine motor practice as well!


These are just but a few of my fave fine motor skills activities that I like to use in my classroom.

If you have any favorites, let me know in the comments!



Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.
Play Dough is an excellent way to make learning fun, and it also gives students a chance to work on fine motor skills while learning academic content! Play Dough is an excellent way to make learning fun, and it also gives students a chance to work on fine motor skills while learning academic content! Play Dough is an excellent way to make learning fun, and it also gives students a chance to work on fine motor skills while learning academic content! Play Dough is an excellent way to make learning fun, and it also gives students a chance to work on fine motor skills while learning academic content!
Easy prep center with play dough not only let's children practice their 2D shapes, it also provides fine motor practice as well!Easy prep center with play dough not only let's children practice their numbers 0-20, it also provides fine motor practice as well!

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