6 of the best Fun & Engaging Fine Motor Skills Activities for Preschoolers

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Are you looking for fun and engaging activities to help your little ones boost their fine motor skills? Today, I’m sharing six different fun activities. These fine motor skills activities for preschoolers are sure to help your preschoolers improve their hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and strength.

6 fun fine motor skills activities for preschoolers

All of these fun fine motor activities are part of my Fine Motor Monthly Bundle and I can’t wait to show you how to use them all. Let’s dive in!

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Why Fine Motor Skills Activities for Preschoolers are So Important

You might have noticed that preschoolers these days seem to have weaker fine motor skills compared to several years ago. This is likely due to the increased use of technology like smartphones, tablets, and video games, which keep kids indoors and don’t require much use of their hands.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of fun and engaging activities you can do with your little ones to help them build up their fine motor skills. Activities like playing with playdough, using scissors and hole punches, and engaging in other hands-on experiences can help improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and strength.

So, let’s put down the screens and get their hands working with some fun, fine motor-building activities!

Preschool Hole Punch Activity

back to school hole punch and cut activity strips for kids

Hole punches are a blast for preschoolers and a great way to build hand strength! Hole punch activities are also highly motivating for kids. That’s why my printable hole punch activities are so popular.

These hole punch and cut strips give kids an opportunity to use a puncher to make a little hole in on each mage on the strip. Kids can also get some scissor practice when they snip the images apart on the line.

The fine motor bundle includes 12 sets of hole punch and cut strips with themes for the entire year.

4 different images of hole punch fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

Tearing Paper Activities To Improve Hand Strength For Kids

One of my favorite fine motor skills activities for preschoolers is tearing paper. Tearing paper is another fantastic way to build hand strength. The fine motor bundle includes big, bold images for each month of the year. Kids can tear colorful paper and paste it into the images.

5 different images of torn paper  activities used as examples of fun fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

You can also use these printable pages as a cut-and-paste activity. Instead of tearing paper, your kids can snip strips of paper and glue them to the page.

Example of fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.  The house printable is a tearing paper activity, but in this example kids are snipping strips of paper and gluing them to the image.

Cut & Paste Activities

A fine motor bundle wouldn’t be complete without preschool scissor activities. These cutting and pasting activities for preschoolers are super fun for kids, and they also help boost their scissor skills and fine motor development!

easy cutting and pasting activities - apple tree and house.  This is one of the 8 fine motor skills activities for preschoolers featured in the article.

By cutting out pictures and gluing them onto paper, kids get to practice using their hands and fingers in a controlled and precise way.

cutting and pasting activities printables for preschoolers.  This is a collage of 4 different seasonal cut and paste activities used to illustrate 1 of 6 different fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

These cutting and pasting printables provide some good straight-line cutting practice and I know that you will love the opportunities to differentiate this activity for your kids. If they are just beginning to become comfortable with using scissors, you can cut the bottom images off for them so that kids can just snip them apart. To give your kids even more cutting practice, you can let them do all the cutting.

Fold And Cut Activities

The bundle includes additional cutting activities for preschoolers. If you’re looking for a fun way to help your preschooler practice using scissors and develop their fine motor skills, I know that you will love the printable fold and cut activities.

3 fold and cut activities.  When kids cut them out, they will make a barn, a butterfly, and a flower.  The scissor skills activity is an example of fun fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

These printable cutting practice activities provide a great opportunity for kids to build their skills with a pair of scissors. They will have the opportunity to practice cutting along lines, and curves. The best part is when they open up their page to reveal the image.

Can you imagine the excitement on their little faces?

Spring themed cutting activities for kids.  When kids cut out the page and unfold it they can create a tulip, an egg, and a shamrock.  These are examples of fun fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

Again, the fine motor bundle includes 3 images for each month of the year, so you will have a variety of fold and cut activities for the whole year.

Scissor Skills fold and cut activities.  The image is a collage of 4 different seasonal activities (Valentine's Day, spring, fall, and winter)  The scissor skills activities are examples of fun fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

Playdough Mats

I’m sure you know that playing with playdough is a great way to build hand strength and fine motor skills. Do you know what’s even better than playing with playdough? Playing with playdough on a printable playdough mat!

These thematic playdough mats are like a super-fun and educational upgrade to regular playdough time. Not only do the printable playdough activities provide a designated workspace for your little ones, but they also offer opportunities for counting and number skills.

Winter theme fine motor playdough mats with number cards and white playdough

Not only do you get lots of different playdough mats for all the months of the year, but the set includes two different sizes of playdough mats. I LOVE the small mats. They are designed to fit inside a plastic pencil case. Add a small container of playdough and the number cards, and you have a great individual playdough kit for your kids.

But, If you prefer a larger playdough mat for your kids, you can use the full-page version.

Spring theme full page playdough mats - for fun fine motor skills activities for preshoolers.

Who doesn’t love an activity that builds fine motor skills AND math skills?

Pre-Writing Lines Practice

You know what sets the foundation for successful writing? Pre-writing skills! Think of it like laying the foundation of a house. Your kids need to master some pre-writing skills before they start putting pencil to paper to start forming letters.

apple themed maze for a pre-writing activity - an example of fun fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.

The printables in this bundle will give your kids lots of pre-writing lines practice that will help them build hand strength and strengthen their pencil grip, and develop more control with a writing instrument.

The set includes mazes for each month of the year. There are simple mazes and more complex mazes to meet the needs of your kids.

A maze for preschoolers that can be used for pre-writing practice and to develop fine motor skills.

I love the connect the image pages. Kids can use their visual discrimination skills to find the matching images on the page. Then, they can draw a line from one image to the other. The challenge, is that they need to draw the line without going through other images.

mazes and pre-writing activities for preschoolers

….and just like all the other fine motor skills activities, the bundle includes options for every month of the year.

Pre-writing fine motor skills activities for preschoolers.  The printable pre-writing sheets include a Valentine's Day page, a spring page, a winter page, and apple theme page, and a camping them page.

Benefits of these Fine Motor Skills Activities for Preschoolers

Fine motor skills activities for preschoolers are a blast! From scissors to pre-writing lines, there are so many creative and educational ways to improve your little one’s fine motor skills. Incorporating these activities into your preschooler’s daily routine will enhance their hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and strength in no time.

Spring themed hole punch fine motor skills activity with a hole punch and a pair of scissors.

So, why use this bundle of fine motor skills activities? The key word is CONSISTENCY. This bundle includes 6 different activities for each month of the year. Show your kids how to use each type of printable, and they will remember what to do the next time.

Imagine how much time that will save you! Plus your kids will gain confidence as they can do the activities independently.

What Teachers are saying:

Teachers who have used this resource are raving about it! Here is what they had to say after using it in their classroom:

It’s hard to find a bundle that contains so many fine motor tasks in one easy to access set and that’s why I appreciate this one so much. It’s easy to prep and includes everything I need to target different skills for the entire year.



Maria M.
Teacher
I love the variety in the activities, but also that the activity directions stay the same throughout the different themes. This way the students know the directions, but have new engaging images to work with. My students need this practice as their fine motor skills were really lacking and these activities make them want to practice!
Michelle P.
Teacher

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fine motor activities for the whole year

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