There are many fun and exciting ways to work on developing fine motor skills with kids. Here are a few ideas for fine motor activities for fall.
October is the perfect time for creepy crawly things. Add plastic spiders, bats, and/or rats to a sensory bin. These training chopsticks that I found at a thrift store are the perfect tool to pick up the creepy crawlies.
If creepy crawlies aren’t your thing, the training chopsticks can be used to pick up little erasers. This egg container from Costco makes a perfect sorting tray.
Pumpkin Puff Balls
I made these little pumpkins with orange puff balls, green chenille stems, and hot glue. I cut the chenille stems, bent them in half, and glued the pointy side in the puff ball.
Kids can pick up the little pumpkins with their fingers (picking them up by the stems will require a bit more skill) to place them in a container. They can also use tweezers or tongs to pick them up. Kids get a kick out of “feeding” the jack-o-lantern. You can add dice or a spinner to make a counting game.
Use the puffball pumpkins along with an empty squeeze bottle to create a blast of excitement. Kids can squeeze the bottle to blow the little pumpkins across the floor. You can have a contest to see who can blow a pumpkin the longest distance, race the pumpkins across the floor, or place a post-it note or tape a shape on the floor and ask kids guide a pumpkin to it’s “home”
These pre-writing practice cards provide a fun way to help kids practice controlling a writing instrument. Kids can trace the long pumpkin vine on each card with a dry erase marker or crayon. The set includes several cards with varying degrees of difficulty and it is listed as a freebie in my TPT store.
Play Dough Pumpkins
Using play dough is always a fun way to help strengthen the muscles in little fingers and hands. Roll little balls and push in a small chenille stem to create little pumpkins. This is a great activity to accompany the poem/song Five Little Pumpkins. Don’t forget to smash each pumpkin when you are done.
Squirrel Cutting Practice Sheets
Visit my TPT store again for this cutting practice freebie. Kids can help feed the squirrels by cutting a path from the acorn to the squirrel.
When my niece came to visit me when she was little, she always wanted to clean my apartment. I didn’t stop her. Instead, I provided her with a spray bottle and a towel so she could go to town. At the time, I didn’t know that I was actually doing her a favor. Now, I know that using spray bottles is a great way to strengthen little hands……and kids LOVE them. Get out a spray bottle filled with water and let your kids clean and shine pumpkins. The pumpkins can be dirtied up in advance with dirt, paint, or even shaving cream if you like . Add a few drops of essential oils to the spray bottle for an added sensory experience. Hint: Use a calming oil like lavender to have a calming effect on the kids.
To see more fine motor activities, visit my fine motor board on Pinterest