1. Working with play dough
2. Working with rubber bands
3. Cutting practice
4. Q tip painting
4. Buttons on lines – printable
6. Sticker activity
7. Beginning sound letter punch – printable
7 sheets of beginning sound letter punch are included as part of the “Activities to develop fine motor skills in children” ebook.
8. Threading pasta
9. Sorting grains
10. Opening pea pods
11. Tissue paper collage
12. Playdough mats
13. Toothpick play dough
Younger kids can make playdough balls and connect them using toothpicks to form different shapes. Older kids can make different structures following the same method.
14. POM POM counting activity
Place some pom poms in a cup. Number paper cups from 1-10 (or whatever numbers you want your kids to practice). Give the kids a tong, and ask them to pick the pom pom one by one and drop the right number of pom poms in each paper cup.
15. Stacking coins
Stacking coins and seeing who can make the tallest tower is a fun activity for the kids. Picking the coins from a flat surface greatly improves the fine motor skills in children. This is a great party game too. Use a timer to see who can make the tallest tower quickly.
16. Make your own Christmas ornaments
Gather some pipe cleaners and beads. Ask the kids to thread some beads in the pipe cleaners. Bend the pipe cleaners into desired shape. Cute little ornaments are ready for your Christmas tree.
17. Playing with legos
Yes. It hurts when you stamp on it. But playing with legos does encourage creativity and all the pressing and pulling lego blocks apart helps in strengthening the hand and finger muscles.
18. Accordion fold butterflies
A piece of colored paper, rubber band, a small piece of pipe cleaner and clothspin is all that is required for this activity. Ask the child the fold the paper accordion style. Tie a rubber band in the middle.Thread the pipe cleaner bit through the rubber band and bend in the middle. This forms the antennae. Clip the clothspin in the middle to make the butterfly stand. You can decorate the butterfly using glitter glue, markers.
19. Lock and key
Let the kids to open and close a lock using the key.
20. Make some lemonade
This is a fun activity for both the parent and the child. Let the kids to squeeze lemons and help them make some lemonade. Enjoy together.
Purple Bee activity kits for children
The activities that form a part of Purple Bee boxes are designed to focus on key developmental areas, fine motor skills being one of them. Be it, the clapping clown puppet or the Christmas tree or giant coffee filter flower, the activities are not only fun but also help in enhancing the fine motor skills in children.
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