Fine Motor Stations: Ideas for Teachers and Parents

Opportunities for build necessary fine motor skills are everywhere! In this post I would like to share with you some ideas for fine motor stations you can do in your classroom or home to build those vital fine motor skills children are needing for writing, self help skills, and much more!

1. Tongs/tweezers with sorting
2. Pom push into container (cut hole in lid)
3. Inserting buttons or coins into a bank (picking up one at a time and inserting one at a time)
4. Eye droppers with bath suction cup toys (can also use pom poms and tongs/tweezers)
5. Card sorting into piles (colors, shapes, words)
6. Cutting straws
7. Stringing noodles, beads or pieces of cut straws
8. Placing marbles on top golf tees that are stuck in half a pool noddle or foam
9. Stickers
10. Penny flips (flipping pennies over on paper while trying to keep them in designated circles to form a pattern)
11. Tracing around items (lids, coins, blocks, etc)
12. Cutting station
13. Dressing boards with buttons, snaps, zippers, tying
14. Twist tie crafts
15. Poke bin with golf tees, straws, skewers, tooth picks, pool noodles, etc
16. Digging heads out of putty and sorting
17. Sorting cereal (fruit loops) into cups or onto strings based on color
18. Tearing tape to make picture
19. Stuffing envelopes (letter on cards and letter on envelopes and you can make the task into a sorting, matching or letter identification task)
20. Playdoh, foam, putty, etc used to build letters
21. Scooping and transferring poms into correct color tube (using toilet paper rolls and small scooping spoons)
22. Stacking small dice
23. Tissue paper art with crumpling tissue paper
24. Hole punching paper, paper towel rolls, paper plates, etc
25. Lacing string through punched holes in paper plates, paper or paper towel rolls
26. Rolling dice
27. Color matching pieces of paper and fastening with paper clips
28. Sorting papers into matching folders based on colors, shapes, words, letters, etc
29. Alphabetizing words on index cards in filing box
30. Playing with tops
31. Twisting nuts and bolts together
32. Playdoh with uncooked spaghetti stuck in it for lacing cherrios/fruit loops on
33. Sorting colors of small items into ice trays, candy trays or muffin pans using tongs
34. Making tissue paper art with small pieces of tissue paper crumpled in digits
35. Rolling wiki sticks into balls and then unrolling
36. Rolling Playdoh into ball using only thumb, index and middle finger of same hand
37. Stamping activities with smaller stamps to facilitate tripod grasp
38. Drawing patterns, lines, shapes, letters on paper with marker and have child build the lines shapes (using proper directions of working left to right/top to bottom) with buttons or other small items
39. Building legos to match a model
40. Using clothes pins to match colors, letters, numbers or shapes.
41. Using clothes pins as tongs to pick up items
42. Building with toothpicks, marshmallows and gumdrops
43. Threading pipe cleaners into plastic golf balls (or other items with holes)
44. Q-tip painting, tracing or drawing using paint or stamp pads
45. Building numbers, shapes, letters or lines with pom poms, magnet discs, buttons, beads or other small items
46. Using Lima beans with letters on them to build words
47. Writing in Playdoh
48. Painting with water colors with goal to stay inside circles or other shape boundaries and match paint color to shape boundary color
49. Coloring tips of q-tips and threading them into straws – matching color of tips to color of straws
50. Placing small dots of glue on dots to build shapes, letters, numbers, lines, etc (you can put coloring in glue to make it colored and a fun art project).
51. Pushing paper clips into Playdoh (can include color sorting clips into matching Playdoh)
52. Yarn wrapping around shapes, sticks, cut outs of flowers or leaves
53. Clothes pin letter matching Station with laminated abc strip
54. Cutting Playdoh
55. Writing in sand or salt
56. Sorting money
57. Lacing letter beads on pipe cleaners to make words
58. Geoboard used to build figures or match items from right and left side (matching items might be shapes, letters, figures, numbers, etc)
59. Building a maze with Wikki sticks, pull and peel twirlers, qtips or uncooked spaghetti noodles
60. Threading small foam squares on squiggle straws (can incorporate color matching as well).
61. Passing coins through button holes (works on two hands used for pushing buttons through holes
62. Tying knots with string
63. Cutting toilet paper rolls
64. Matching twist lids with appropriate bottles
65. Painting with small sponge or pom pom

I hope you find these ideas easy to implement and perhaps they inspire you to look for simple ways to increase fine motor practice in your classroom  or home every day!

Ready to Grow – Casey

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