10 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers

It's easy to forget that you weren't born knowing how to hold a pencil. That's why it's important to find activities for children ages 2-5 that allow them to practice their fine motor control. When they roll a ball of clay, draw squiggles with chalk, or press a stamp onto a page they work all those tiny muscles in their fingers, hands, and wrists that they'll need later in life for writing, typing, building things, or playing sports. So take a look at this handy list of hands on arts and crafts that will help your preschooler develop a soft touch and a sturdy grip!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Feed the Frog
    Feed the Frog

    (Ages 3-8)

    Feed the Frog is a fun way to practice counting, sorting, and fine motor skills with pretend play! My little girl had a blast pretending she was in a pond, giving treats to her amiable amphibian friend.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Tissue Paper Trees

    Rip, crumple, and glue to make this tree craft and strengthen fine motor skills.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Bead Necklace

    It's super simple to make paper beads! Here, we add a toddler twist: making bigger beads for a colorful paper bead necklace.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pasta & Beads Bracelets

    These bracelets are so colorful and fun to make and wear, for both boys and girls! You can make these rainbow bracelets after dying your pasta in Kool-Aid.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Cork Stamps
    Cork Stamps

    (Ages -1-5)

    This fun and colorful project teaches the art of reusing materials to make new and beautiful things!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Roll and Draw Game

    Here's a fun new way to practice pre-writing skills. This game was created to introduce my two-year-old to drawing lines in a fun way, but quickly realized that my five-year-old had just as much fun with it!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Clay Animals
    Clay Animals

    (Ages 3-6)

    Your kids will go wild over these clay animal figures! Little hands will have a great time molding, shaping and sculpting.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Play Dough Monsters

    Monsters don't always have to be scary! My girls and I love to make these silly, not-so-scary play dough monsters whenever we get out our play dough box! These are a fun Halloween party or anytime play activity and craft.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Poseable Giraffes

    We made these adorable giraffes out of pipe cleaners and air-dry clay, and got to practice with proportion and balance!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Dried Bean Mosaic Art

    My kids love any project that allows them to use glue. Since they also love to color we created a fun project that allowed them to glue dried beans and peas to add color and design.

Get inspired!