Fine motor activities are certainly a must for every daily toddler schedule. This is because fine motor skills are enormously important for all of us. To illustrate how important, just imagine life without being able to write, type, turn pages, brush teeth, wash face and hands, eating, cooking, cutting, opening and closing doors, locks, holding keys and so much more… Therefore, it good to know that from birth to eight years, children continually acquire, refine and consolidate their motor functions and skills.
Mastery of fine motor skills requires not only precision and coordination but also a great amount of concentration and practice. Thus, it’s crucial that your toddler engages daily in activities that help to develop their dexterity. Fine motor can be developed through experiences involving materials that support building strength in the arms, hands and fingers as well as opportunities to mark-make, draw and write.
In order to make our lives as parents easier, we prepared a list of 22 easy and fun fine motor activities that can be repeated daily. So, when you need a fun toddler activity idea, you will know where to find it!
Most of the activities are certainly self-explaining. Nevertheless, you will find videos and links to some of the fine motor activities on this list, to get a better idea, how the activity can look like.
So, Happy Playing!
22 Fine Motor Activities for your Toddler Daily Schedule
- Doing jigsaw puzzles
6. Stacking blocks
9. Tracing Shapes
10. Waiving, practicing handshake, clapping with hands
11. Connect Four for One
12. Shortbread Transfer
13. Cutting with knife or scissors or peeling with a peeler
14. Opening and closing bottles and jars
15. Chase that egg
16. Spooning balls
17. Pretend play cooking
18. Ball/ cars in the hole
19. Ball soup
22. Play with Sticks
23. Straw in a Cup
24. Straw and Wooden Coffee Stirrers
25. Wine cork in a bottle