Mini Fine Motor Skills Activity Tray
Quick and Easy Activities With Everyday Items
Sometimes Liam has a hard time focusing on an activity for very long and his interest can dwindle quickly. He is actually in need of extra fine motor work for his age. Since, he doesn’t naturally gravitate to activities that involve fine motor skills, I need to gently direct him to some! Doing these types of activities at home allows me to try out things I think he might like or tinker with them to find something that will work better. This time I thought I would use my favorite serving tray to present a variety of mini activities to keep him working and keep him engaged and having fun. These are simple items I had around the house. I think I hit the nail on the head this time (fine motor skill pun not intended, ok maybe a little!)
Here is each mini fine motor activity in it’s own compartment.
The compartment on the left includes kid friendly tweezers, a bath mat suction cuppy thing and some pom pons. The tray on the right includes a cardboard tube and large paperclips.
The middle compartment (left) includes a variety of wind up toys and one finger push toy. The compartment on the right includes two plastic beakers with lids screwed on (from a science set) and colored pony beads to match the lids.
The compartment on the right has a zippered pouch with old cards inside like grocery store, library, gift cards, etc. The compartment on the right contains little legos from our 4+ lego set. I even chose the smaller ones for the set but there is one size small for next time.
He chose this mini fine motor skills activity first and was intrigued by the paper clips. I had him old the tube with one hand while he used the other to operate the paperclip. I demonstrated several times and used the hand over hand method to help him get the feel of the activity.
The next fine motor skills activity including everyone’s favorite legos. His job was to break apart the stacks I had made and left in the compartment and then reassemble them choosing one of each color. Several skills going on here!
The beakers and beads fine motor skills activity was chosen next! He had to unscrew the cap first. While holding the beaker in one hand, he had to use his pincer grasp or pincher fingers to pick up the corresponding colored beads and drop them into the container. He finished by screwing the cap on tightly!
Unzip, pull out the cards and then carefully put them in one by one and zip the pouch back up. The idea for him was to do it slowly and carefully and work on placing rather than jamming each one in. He had to hold the pouch open with one hand and line the card up with the other!
I bet you never thought wind up toys would be so great for developing fine motor skills but twisting the little nob is great practice and strengthens little muscles. The end result is kind of fun too. The giraffe toy is a classic push the bottom and he falls over toy, but I have no idea what it is called!
Fine Motor Skills practice can be fun. Mix it up a little!
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