Find over 40 fine motor activity ideas with kitchen items. Learn how to use everyday household items as fine motor tools for kids.
Fine motor activities will help your kids strengthen their little hands and fingers. This will help them grip and control pencils and crayons as they learn to write and will help them cut with scissors.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find tools to use for fine motor activities. In fact, you can find many everyday household items that you can easily use for DIY fine motor activities.
Check out this list of fine motor activity ideas using items from your kitchen. Don’t forget to get the free fine motor printable at the end of the article.
Kitchen Utensils as Fine Motor Tools
Here are some tools that you can find in your kitchen drawers.
Tongs, training chopsticks, strawberry hullers – Kids can use tongs to pick up small items like mini-erasers, pom-poms, cotton balls, and goldfish crackers.
Rolling Pins can be used to roll playdough.
Spoons, scoopers, and spatulas – Use these to scoop and pour water, sand, rice, or other sensory materials.
- Use a baster to transfer water from one container to the next.
- Squeeze the baster and use the air to move features or cotton balls across the floor.
Chip Clips – Pick up some extra chip clips the next time you are at the Dollar Store. Kids can attach clips to empty cans, wood paint sticks, or pieces of cardboard.
Corn Cob Holders – Use these to poke holes in letter cards.
Baking Items for DIY Fine Motor Activities
Muffin tins – Sort mini-erasers, beads, pom-poms, cereal, or crackers.
Cooling racks – Weave ribbon or yarn through the racks.
Paper Products and storage
Paper plates, coffee filters, or muffin liners – Use for cutting practice or sorting activities.
Ziplock bags – Sort and seal snacks, beads, small toys, etc.
Fine Motor Activity Ideas in the Recycling Bin
Paper towel rolls and boxes can be used for cutting practice or painting projects.
Sponges are great for squeezing activities to develop hand strength. Challenge kids to transfer water from one container to the next using a sponge. Add a small piece of wet sponge to a garlic press. Press it to remove the water from the sponge.
Spray bottles – Fill a spray bottle up with water so that kids can “clean” things. They love to clean things like pumpkins, toy dishes, rocks, etc. You can also use spray bottles for some amazing art activities.
Pantry and Food Items
Fruit – Let kids peel their own oranges and banans
Cereal – Count the pieces of cereal. Sort them in ice cube trays or muffin tins, or place them on toothpicks or wooden skewers.
You can also substitute cereal pieces for bead placement activities.
Goldfish crackers – Sort them into containers or muffin tins. Count the crackers and seal them into ziplock bags.
Candy– Use candy for sorting or as counters.
Additional Kitchen Items
Toothpicks or skewers – Place a toothpick or skewer into a piece of fruit or playdough and kids can add beads, marshmallows, cheerios, etc.
Birthday candles – Create pretend cupcakes with playdough. Add birthday candles to prepare for a pretend birthday party.
Food Picks – Kids can use these fun picks to eat pieces of fruit, cubes, cheese, etc. The picks are also fun playdough tools.
See…. when you run out of fine motor activity ideas, just start going through your kitchen drawers.
I hope you found a few ideas for everyday household items in your kitchen to use for fun fine motor activities. I would love to hear some of your ideas.
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