Fine motor activities are so important to foster those emerging skills across all age groups, but often they have small parts or may not be suitable for younger children.
When your children are different ages or you care for a group of multi- age children in a home daycare setting, getting in those fine motor activities can present a challenge….especially if your younger ones don't nap!
No need to worry, I've compiled a huge list of some of my favourite fine motor activities that can easily be modified to keep toddlers, preschoolers and even some babies happy!
At the end of the page you will also find more inspiration collected from some of my favourite Aussie bloggers!
Along the way I will offer some tips for modifying many of the activities, others are self explanatory.
If you want more information on any of the activities featured below just click on the photo to take you straight to the original post. Let's get started!
Baster Squeeze & Paint
This is a recent activity after finding these huge basters marked down in our local Coles….squeezing and releasing can be a difficult concept but younger kids can join in the fun too….
Poke and thread egg cartons
Toothbrush painting offers a different fine motor challenge for little hands…to make it easier simply use smaller kid size brushes and a large area as a canvas….
Foil paste and thread
Pasting small collage materials can be lots of fun for younger players and all that picking up small pieces, brushing on paste and sticking down can give the muscles and coordination a workout…..
To make it a little more challenging why not punch some holes and get the older children sewing around their creations too.
Blocks and loose parts play
Coloured sand creations
To challenge those developing skills encourage little hands to write in the sand or create pathways and pictures before making their own sand name with a little help of course!
Danya atDanyaBanya says
Wow there’s enough play there to last a year! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
Kate Lloyd says
What a brilliant resource this is!!! Great work Jodie. You do some awesome things at your place. 🙂
Rachel | Racheous says
Such an incredible list Jode! I’m pinning and taking notes!
Jay @ Learning to play and playing to learn says
What a great list! Looks like Cakes and I have lots of things to try out in the next few months!
Kate Grono says
Oh my gosh so many activities! It’s amazing how much you can do with everyday items you already have in the cupboard. The kids will never be bored again 🙂
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
This is amazing Jode! What a resource! So many great ideas 🙂 And thanks so much for including us!
Laura Marschel says
Wowsa! Amazing list! So much inspiration!
Paula Stevens says
Amazaballs. My kids are going to love some of these brilliant ideas and resources. Thanks Jode for sharing it’s much appreciated. 🙂
Mosher Pornthip says
Those Ideals and Pictures are so helpful and great for mixed ages groups. Thank you so much!.
All the ideas are amazing. it is the helpfull blog for children’s motor skill development.
Francine Dennis says
Great activities. I am a family day care professional. I fell in love with all these activities.