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Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

Are you looking for Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers? Check out this list of hands-on activities that your students can do to develop those essential skills.

With simple activities like these your young learners work on hand-eye coordination, hand strength, finger dexterity, and much more.

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From holding a pencil to turning pages in a book, your students use their fine motor skills everyday as they are learning to read and write.

These low-prep activities are easy to set-up and use in any early childhood classroom or homeschool.

Shaping Play Dough:

Squeezing, rolling, and pinching play dough is not only fun, but it helps strengthen hand muscles and improves dexterity.

Your kids can also shape the dough to form letters, numbers, shapes, and more.

Stringing Beads:

Stringing beads onto laces or pipe cleaners requires careful coordination of fingers and hand movements.

It’s a fun fine motor activity to help your kids practice counting, colors, and other concepts.

Tearing Paper:

Tearing paper into small pieces and gluing them onto a template or paper to create a picture will help your students work on the hand and finger muscles.

Cutting Practice:

Have your kids practice cutting along lines or shapes on paper (with child-safe scissors.) They can start with straight lines and gradually introduce curved lines and simple shapes.

Using the scissors to cut will help your young learners to develop hand strength and control.

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Clipping Clothespins:

Squeezing and clipping clothespins onto cards can help your young learners not only develop their fine motor skills but also practice skills like letter recognition, beginning sounds, and more.

Peeling Stickers:

Give your children dot stickers and worksheets that they can use to form letters, numbers, shapes, or pictures.

This type of hands-on activity helps your young learners develop their finger strength and coordination.

Putting Puzzles Together:

When putting puzzles together, your students will work on their hand-eye coordination as they assemble the pieces.

You can use puzzles to help your kids practice letter recognition, beginning sounds, CVC words, and more.

Punching Holes:

Squeezing a hole puncher and punching holes in paper is a simple way for your young learners to develop their hand and finger muscles and dexterity.


Connecting plastic links together or to cards is a hands-on way for your students to work on their hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity.

With linking activities, your kids can also practice identifying beginning sounds, cvc words, syllables, and more!

Playing Fine Motor Games:

Playing games like Jenga, Lite-Brite, or Operation that require precise hand movements and coordination can be a fun way for your students to develop their fine motor skills.

Pinching Tongs or Tweezers:

Using tongs or tweezers to pick up and transfer cotton balls or pom-poms can be a fun way for your kids to work hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

With these types of fine motor activities, your students can also practice counting, color recognition, and more.


Tracing simple lines or shapes can help your students with their grip and control over writing tools. They will also work on controlling their hands and coordination.

For even more fine motor fun, your young learners can color the pictures that they trace too.


Lacing strings or yarn through holes in cards or boards can be a fun way for your kids to work hand-eye coordination and control.

Remember to provide supervision and choose activities that are age-appropriate and safe for preschoolers.

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Have you been looking for a way to help your students develop those essential fine motor skills? These Back to School Fine Motor Activities are just what you need!

From clipping clothespins to punching holes, your students will not only develop their fine motor skills but also work on early math and literacy skills like identifying letters and counting too.

Click on the link or the picture below to learn more about the activities included in this bundle!

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Concepts of Print

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