Toddlers and Fine Motor Skills

The toddler years are all about exploring environments, and with a little pre-planning, you can taylor your tot’s exploration into learning, too!
In our house, we LOVE fine motor skills activities, so here are some of our faves right now.

Toddlers and Fine Motor Skills

Pop some spaghetti noodles in a lump of play dough.  Have your tot string Cheerios onto the noodles.
It’s totally do-able but definitely requires focus!
When your tot paints, watch how they hold the paintbrush.  Gently encourage him to hold it as though it were a pencil.  Hand-over-hand is effective.
In the age of tablets and iPads, kiddos are very used to touching a screen and watching the cursor move.  But, there’s art in learning how to operate a mouse or a track pad and a 2 year old is ready to learn!  We love Starfall for engaging fun while learning to operate a computer.
Squeeeeeeze the glue!  Amp up the fine motor component by pushing shapes and sequins into the glue.
Snip, snip!  Practice early cutting skills by rolling play dough snakes VERY thin and then cutting!
Turn a wire or metal basket over and have your tot push pom poms through!  Call out colors or numbers to up the learning fun!
Written by Jill
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