Textured blankets or rugs generally entice infants in that they begin to scratch at them. This “scratching” gives a larger range in hand motion that will help build their fine motor skills.

Toy shakers and rattles invite infants to use their hands to grasp hold of the object.Give your infant an extra spoon to hold when they are introduced to solid foods.
Use a drum or hardcover book for patting.Roll a ball across the floor.Toddlers

Toddlers have a bit more experience with the use of their hands than infants, but there is still a lot more to do. Overall balance and coordination are subject to growth, and fine motor skills are no exception. Use this time to refine their current ability with their hands.

Use crayons to color a picture.Encourage them to put on their shoes by themselves.Tear up recycled newspaper.Introduce safety scissors for practice.Practice zipping up coats and pants.Mold some play dough.Roll a tennis ball across the floor and cover it with a funnel.Play with puppets.

Put away toys into a container.Paint with sponges.Paint with paint brushes.Toss bean bags in the air and catch them or pick them back up.Read a story together and have your toddler turn the pages.Water play in the sand and water table.Cook a meal together and encourage toddler to help stir, mix and/or pour the ingredients.

Preschoolers have much better control over their hands than in earlier years. With more practice, they can begin to hold their hands and fingers in a position for longer periods of time. This skill level will lay the foundation for tracing and writing.These are all just some of the many ways you can implement fine motor skill building into your daily learning through play! There are plenty more that haven’t been listed; what are some things you’ve done with your child to perfect fine motor skills?

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