When it comes to the skills that your child will work on while in preschool, fine motor skills are one of the most important. Not only will those small motor muscles allow your child to hold their pencil correctly when it comes time to write, they’ll make things like tying their shoes, buttoning buttons on their clothes, and using a knife and fork to eat, possible.
Unfortunately though, for some children, fine motor skills are not easily mastered.
While you could have them practicing with pre-writing worksheets or scissors for days on end, ultimately, if they’re not having fun, if they’re not enjoying what they’re doing, the process will eventually end in frustration for both of you.
With these five fun fine motor games, however, your preschooler will be engaged, entertained, and will build up their small motor strength in no time!
Fantastic Games for Improving Fine Motor Skills
These friendly little squirrels are hungry and they need your help to find their food! In this colorful, fine motor game, children spin the spinner and find the matching colored acorns using the “Squirrel Squeezer” tongs to place them in their logs.
In addition to fine motor skills, your child will also work on color recognition, turn-taking, and hand-eye coordination.
What does a monkey eat? How about a dog? In this adorable animal themed game, your little ones will work on strengthening their small motor muscles while they sort and feed these silly animals their pretend treats.
Practice counting from one to ten while using those fine motor skills to create the ultimate banana split! Whether you’re looking for a single ice cream themed activity or you’re putting together an entire pretend play ice cream shop, your preschooler is going to have a blast with this one!
Fine motor skills are just the beginning when it comes to this colorful fruit picking game! With jumbo tweezers and weighted pieces of rubber fruit, your preschooler will also work on sorting, counting, patterns, color recognition, vertical play, and more!
Need to work on your preschooler’s pincer grasp? This fun fine motor game is a great way to start! Just wind it up and use the mini fishing poles, along with a bit of that hand-eye coordination, to snatch those sharks right out of the water.