I love Valentine’s Day themed crafts and activities for both kids and adults. There’s something about this time of year that just make me happy. Why not sprinkle in a little learning with your Valentine’s day themed fun by adding a fine motor practice to the activity? Give these Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Activities a try!
Building hand strength and strengthening the pincer grasp are both a part of fine motor skills that will help with pencil control in young children.
I love this Heart Art idea for a fine motor skill challenge. It is one of my favorite heart crafts. All you need is a pipe cleaner made into a heart shape with a string tied on the end. Then, challenge your child to wrap the string around the heart any way they want. Wrap a bunch of hearts and make a mobile by hanging them all from a stick. This is a great way to combine process art with fine motor skill practice.
Your child will love this Valentine’s Day Suncatcher Craft in the shape of a heart and it gives them the chance to work those fine motor skills by pinching the paper and moving the wrist to place it on the sticky paper.
Heart Lacing is super simple to set up and draws children of all ages to give it a try. Punch holes in foam heart stickers and put out pipe cleaners (or string for older children) and let them lace. Whether they are making a bracelet or just lacing onto the pipe cleaner for the experience, children are drawn to this activity and it is great for fine motor skill development.
This Valentine’s Day Tree from Simple Fun for Kids is awesome for fine motor development. From cutting paper hearts and lacing the string to hanging them and rehanging them on the branches is so much fun!
Early Learning Ideas features this heart themed fine motor activity using a hole punch that can be adapted to all ages and there is also a free heart template to save you time. Hole punchers are such a great tool for building hand strength.
These beaded name hearts from Fun a Day are adorable and a fun way to practice spelling your name.
Little learners love this simple activity using a salt shaker and pipe cleaners or toothpicks. Find more simple activities just like this one at Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers.
Any ice cube tray and pom poms will work for this fine motor skill activity, but this adorable heart tray makes using the tongs to transfer the pom poms a fun valentine treat. It is a great opportunity to practice one to one correspondence. You can find more simple activities just like this one at Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers.
Add heart shaped beads add a fun twist to this classic lacing activity. You can also turn this into a counting or patterning challenge like she did at Stay At Home Educator.
This paper plate heart string art craft is easy to prepare and is inviting for all ages to give it a try (including me). There are many ways you can make adjustments to this craft to make it perfect for kids of all ages.
Get out those scissors for this Broken Hearts activity from School Time Snippets. After they are all cut out, mix them up and turn them into a puzzle. I love educational activities like this one!
This tray of sorting pom poms by color, using tongs is a great way to encourage sorting from I Heart Crafty Things. You could also do this with candy hearts.
Buggy and Buddy has a great idea for using heart shaped noodles, straws, and play dough. You can also use this for sorting, counting, patterning, and graphing.
The Pinterested Parent features this yarn wrapped heart craft which is not only adorable, but also a great fine motor skill activity.
Squeezing that glue bottle strengthens hand and finger muscles which is necessary for fine motor skills development. Playdough to Platomotor used the glue bottle in this heart craft and trying to get the glue on the dots is great for hand-eye coordination.