Fun Fine Motor Hole Punch Activities for Preschool to use all year


Are you looking for some fun and creative ways to engage your kids AND boost their fine motor skills? I’ve got just the thing for you: hole punch activities!

Not only are hole punch activities a great way to keep your little ones entertained, but they’re also fantastic for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Let’s take a quick look at why hole punch activities are so motivating for kids, and them I’ll share LOTS of hole punch activity ideas for your kids in preschool, kindergarten.

Apple theme hole punch activities  for preschool .  The apple hole punch strips include apples, cores, baskets, juice boxes, lunch boxes on bright red, green and yellow paper with a green hole puncher and a red pair of scissors.

So, grab your hole punch, and let’s get started!

Why Do Kids Love Hole Punch Activities?

I am getting comments about my printable hole punch activities on a daily basis. Teachers and parents rave about how excited kids are to use a hole punch. There is just something very satisfying about using the tool to punch holes or other shapes into paper.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you must!

What are the Benefits of Hole Punch Activities?

When you let kids use a paper puncher, they not only have fun.  Using hole punch activities is also a great way to help your kids in preschool and kindergarten build hand strength and finger control.

Build Hand Strength

The biggest benefit of using hole punchers is that the action of squeezing the tool builds hand strength and finger control.… which are skills that will help them as they learn to use scissors and grasp pencils.

Develop Hand Eye Coordination

In addition to building hand strength, hole punching activities can also help your kids develop hand-eye coordination as they position the tool and punch a hole into the paper.

Hole Punch Activities are Motivating for Kids

The thing that I love about hole punch activities is that they are so motivating for kids. Some kids really need to work on building hand strength, but they may resist activities that are too challenging. However, when you provide some exciting motivation (“Hey…look at this cool hole puncher that you can use!”), you can easily encourage kids to get the practice that they need.

There are a bunch of different printable hole punch activities from my store featured in this post. You can find links for the activities at the bottom of this page.

Simple Hole Punch Strips

It’s fun just to give kids paper and a paper puncher to let them create freely.  You can also give them printables to provide extra motivation and targets.  Punching holes in the circles of the printables is also great for hand-eye coordination.

These simple hole punch strips are one of my favorite hole punch activities. Yes, they are super simple, but there are many ways that you can use them.

a good example of fun hole punch activities - an image of hole punch strips with a paper punch..  A paper chain.

Kids can punch holes in the rows of circles in these paper strips.  The printable includes two options for different skill levels.  If you don’t have the printables, you can easily make rows of circles on paper strips with a marker or with dot stickers.

Use different colors of paper for more open-ended creative fun.  There are many ways to use the strips.

  • Staple a strip to make a hole punch bracelet.
  • Add the strips and hole punchers to a sensory table
  • Attach multiple strips together to make a headband
  • Combine strips to make necklaces.
  • Use the stips for counting practice (count the holes).
  • Provide some ribbon for and make a lacing activity.
  • Use these strips to keep score in a game

Do you need some decorations for your room?  Put them to work creating paper chains.

Make paper chains with hole punch strips

These simple hole punch strips are part of the Hole Punch Activity set in my store.

Hole Punch Letter Activity

Hole punch and cut strips are great fine motor hole punch activities for preschool, kindergarten kids, or occupational therapy. These hole punch letter activities are similar to the strips above, but they combine hole punching with a simple cutting practice activity. Kids can add holes to the images on the strips and then snip the pictures apart.

Do you want to combine some multi-sensory alphabet practice to your fine motor center? You can use alphabet hole punch strips to work on teaching the letters of the alphabet teach letter sounds, and build hand strength. I like encouraging kids to say the letter sound as they punch.

alphabet hole punch and cut strips fine motor activity for kids

Ready to get started with multi-sensory letter learning? These Alphabet hole punch strips are available in my store.

Hole Punch and Cut Strips for All Seasons

Are you looking for seasonal hole punch activities for preschool, kindergarten, or occupational therapy? You can also use the seasonal hole punch and cut strips for all your thematic units and lesson plans throughout the year.

seasonal hole punch and cut activity strips for kids

From back to school to summer vacation and everything in between. You can have consistent, motivating, and engaging activities for the whole year.

back to school hole punch and cut activity strips for kids

Spring, summer, fall, and winter….you will find strips for ALL the seasons.

hole punch activities for kids in preschool and kindergarten.  Images of spring, summer, fall, and winter hole punch activity strips in bright colors.

The Seasonal Hole Punch and Cut Strips are available in my store

Hole Punch Shapes

You can use hole punch activities as a hands-on way to work on 2-D shape recognition with your kids. Make a DIY shape activity by drawing shapes on brightly colored paper and letting kids punch holes along the shapes. 

In addition to hole punching, these printable shape activities give kids the opportunity to practice cutting and tracing.

It’s a great hands-on way to learn shapes….Don’t you think?

shape hole punch activity for preschoolers

These simple hole punch shape printables are available in my store.

These shape hole punch strips help kids learn to recognize 2D shapes while building hand strength.

shape hole punch strips with a hole puncher.  The shapes on the strips include circle, oval, rectangle, triangle, square, diamond, and heart on brightly colored paper.

There are three levels of hole punch strips. The more difficult letters challenge kids to use visual discrimination skills to identify one shape on a strip that includes more than one shape. In this example, kids find and punch holes in the triangles on the hole punch strips.

shapes hole punch strips with a triangle shape id card.

These printable shape hole punch activity strips are available in my store.

Hole Punch Activities for Fine Motor Task Boxes

In addition to the hole punch strips and shape printables, you can find a variety of seasonal hole punch printables to use throughout the year.

Are you looking for an alternative to fine motor hole punch worksheets? This set of seasonal hole punch printables are perfect for fine motor task boxes and to supplement your spring, summer, fall, and winter themes.

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Print some activities, add them to a photo storage box with a hole punch, and you’re ready to go with some portable fine motor activities for your kids.

caterpillar hole punch activity in a plastic box

Do you have some kids who could use some extra fine motor practice?  Send a kit home with them for the weekend.

butterfly fine motor activity with a hole punch in a box

Your kids will enjoy these fun fine motor projects throughout the year. The set includes snowflakes, hearts, shamrocks, caterpillars, flowers, butterflies, fish, apple trees, pumpkins, leaves, wreaths, rockets, cars, and construction vehicles.

hole punch activities for task boxes.  The pictures include images of fall leaves, cars, an apple tree, a rocket, a butterfly, flowers, construction vehicles, a shamrock, and a wreath hole punch fine motor activities.

These hole punch task box activities are part of the Hole Punch Activity set in my store.

Free Hole Punch Activity

Do you want to try one of the thematic hole punch activities from the set for free? These fish hole punch task cards are part of my Fine Motor Bundle, but you can get them for free. I know your kids will get a kick out of punching holes in the bubbles on these cute little cards!

a free hole punch activity printed on different colors of blue paper.  The fish themed activities with hole punched bubbles are pictured with a blue photo storage box and a hole punch.

To get the set of ocean-themed fine-motor activities (it includes several fine motor activities…. including the fish hole punch task cards pictured above), just fill out the form at the link and I will send them directly to your inbox.

Printable Hole Punch Craft Activities

There are so many benefits to making crafts with preschoolers. Because I know how much kiddos LOVE using hole punches, and because I know they need extra help developing hand strength, I started creating some printable fine motor crafts for kids.

This preschool bumble bee craft is a great fine motor activity for spring.  The image includes a crayon, glue stick, scissors, and a hole punch.  There are holes in the bumble bees wings because the craft is also an example of hole punch activities.

These cute fine motor crafts all provide an opportunity for using a hole punch, PLUS your kids can also work on scissor skills and pre-writing skills.

A grid with a variety of printable fine motor crafts for preschoolers and kindergarteners. The images include a recycling truck, Earth day seedling, astronaut, ladybug, rocket, sun, butterfly, bumble bee, duck, dinosaurs, bunny, chick, frog, flowers, and rainbow crafts to practice scissor skills, build hand strength with hole punch, and pre-writing practice.  The crafts are hole punch activities for kids.

Stop by this post about the printable fine motor craft activities to learn more.

Hole Punch Cutting and pasting Activities

I love hole punch and cutting strips. Kids can begin by punching holes into the images. Then, they can snip the lines to cut the pictures apart, which is a great way to build scissor skills. Finally, to get even more fine motor practice, get out the glue sticks, and your kids can use the strips for a cutting and pasting activity.

cutting and pasting activities with printable

Hole Punch Counting Books

Want to add a little multi-sensory fun to a number and counting activity? Try a hole punch counting book. Your kids can count as they punch holes into each page of this 1-10 activity.

A page of a hole punch counting book.  The page says I see five bubbles and includes images of 5 fish with a bubble above each fish.

This hole punch counting book is available in the store.

Additional Hole Punch Activity Ideas for Your Kids

I love to add contrasting colored paper behind the punched image.

apple tree fine motor activity

Provide glue sticks, paper, crayons, etc.  Your kids will have so much fun creating that they won’t even know they are building muscles.

flower hole punch activity glued to paper

Get the Printable Hole Punch Activities Today

Are you ready to help your kids build hand strength? Here are the hole punch activities for preschool, kindergarten, and occupational therapy that you can find in my store. Click on the picture below to purchase the fun fine motor hole punch printables today.

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Purchase Hole Punch Activities on TPT

Do you prefer to shop at Teachers Pay Teachers? You can also purchase the hole punch printables in my TPT Store.

What Teachers are saying about our hole punch activities for preschool?:

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

I could definitely see an increase in their hand strength after they had been out for some time.

Jenna D.
Wonderful fine motor resource and it’s an activity the children in my classroom can’t wait to go to, they love the different pictures to hole punch. I am happy it helps with their fine motor skills. Big hit in our room, thank you.
Sandy D.
This was a hit during our fun Friday activities. It seems like a game, but is actually working on fine motor skills. The older students in my class (3,4,5) all wanted a turn with these activities, so it ended up working for everyone in our class. Who knew paper punching could be so rewarding!
Linda E.
My Prek homeschoolers have been loving hope punching activities lately. I love that these are super low prep, just print on plain or colored paper if you choose, and cut into strips! There is such a variety that it’s been easy to match them up with our thematic units!

Scot E.

Additional Ways to Use Paper Punches

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