Toddler Activities

Fine motor skills are small movements — such as picking up small objects and holding a spoon — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. Below you can find a list of activities that help improve or enhance your child’s fine motor skills.

Working at vertical surfaces (at/above eye level) such as….. 
  • With tabletop easels
  • Erasing, coloring on chalk board
  • Painting/drawing on adjustable floor easel
  • Paint with water on side of house

Resistive tools or toys, such as…

  • Clothespins
  • Spray bottle
  • Use scissors to cut putty, Play-doh, thick paper or cardboard
  • Play doh factory presses and molds
  • Using rolling pins to flatten cookie dough/play-doh
  • Color/draw with crayon on textured surface or dot markers
  • Spray nozzle  on garden hose
  • Etch a sketch with resistive knobs

Fidget or play with stretchy/squishy items, such as….

  • Play doh
  • “Squishies” (Fill two balloons. inside each other, with flour or sand)
  • Rice/Beans for Sensory bin (hide toys and play hide n seek)
  • Vibrating toys

Cooking activities, such as…

  • Stirring
  • Pressing
  • Kneading
 

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