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Four Fabulous Fine Motor Skill Activities
Pouring Rice Activity
Unless you have the perfect weather for outdoor water pouring activities, pouring water inside can be quite messy. Instead, designate an area in a hard floor area for pouring rice! Set aside a container of rice just for preschool play time. Then either buy a pouring set like the one pictured to the right, or use kitchen items to allow your preschooler to experiment with pouring, measuring, and funneling the rice.
To Buy a Pouring Kit from Amazon: Montessori Basic Children's Pouring Kit
Cut It Up!
Whatever you do, don't be scared to hand your preschooler a pair of scissors! Cutting paper is a great way to develop fine motor skills, and with the kid safe scissors there is little to fear. Buy a pack of construction paper and a pair of safe scissors. Let your preschool child cut out shapes, but also take a marker and make hearts, diamonds, triangles and other shapes for your preschooler to attempt to follow. Success is measured in the attempt not the perfectly cut out shape, so be sure to encourage each of their attempts.
To Buy Scissors from Amazon: Melissa and Doug Child-Safe Scissors
Highlighted Tracing Sheets
Recently, I found a picture on Pinterest that suggested highlighting letters on paper then encouraging children to trace the highlighted letters. I love it! The dashes that are most commonly used are obtrusive and really don't encourage tracing, but highlighting works great. Use this for teaching preschoolers to draw shapes, their name, and even for cutting activities.
To Buy Highlighters from Amazon:
Writing in the Sand
Whether you go to the beach or bring a little sand home to put in a tray, writing in sand is not only therapeutic but great for building preschoolers fine motor skills. Get them started by showing them a few shapes and letters, then encourage them to slowly move their finger through the sand to make their own letters and shapes.
To Buy a Sand Kit from Amazon: Montessori Letter & Drawing Sand Tray
More resources for Fine Motor Skill Development:
Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers