Valentines Fine Motor Skills

Valentines fine motor skills activities transferring threading punching

Simple Activities for Grasping, Transferring & Punching

This morning I planned on three simple to set up Valentines fine motor skills activities to practice different skills. To mix it up a bit I gave each a Valentines theme with hearts or colors that he enjoys! He loves pink and he will always say it is his favorite color and I love it too. The three Valentines fine motor skills activities I set up focus on punching with a three finger (tripod) grasp, threading with a two finger (pincer grasp) and transferring with tongs (focusing on fingertip involvement).

Punching Valentine Fine Motor Skills Activity

valentine fine motor thumbtack heart set up

I traced a heart on a sheet of red paper and placed it on a recycled styrofoam sheet with a thumb tack pushed into the paper. I showed him how to hold the thumb tack with his thumb and two fingers. Then I showed how to push through the paper and follow the outline. He thought it was hard work and had to stop and adjust, rest his hand and have a refresher course every once in a while, but he finished and was pleased with his work. He like the other side where he could see how the tack punched through.

valentine fine motor thumb tack heart


Transferring Valentines Fine Motor Skills Activity

valentine fine motor transfer set up

I initially started this Valentine fine motor activity with a different implement for transferring. However, I am trying to work with Liam on using his fingers more than the palm of his hand and fist to make these things open and close. We abandoned the tea strainer thing as lovely as it looks for our more easily managed dollar store tongs. Liam does love the tea strainer so he played a bit first with it. I really had to encourage him to keep just his fingertips on the tongs and work slowly and carefully.  I had 30 hearts for him to transfer from a shallow bowl into a taller vase

valentine fine motor heart transfer


Threading Valentine Fine Motor Skills Activity

I set out a piece of craft foam, toothpicks and beads for this Valentine fine motor skills threading activity. I started the activity by creating the first part of the pattern for him to follow. I also made sure I had enough beads before I started! Of course, you could let your child make his own pattern or have cards of colored dots to follow depending on skill level.

valentine fine motor bead patterns set up

I let him choose which ones he did in whatever order he wanted! He had to pay careful attention to the patterns and colors and we often had to double-check what he was doing since he tends to move quickly. We completed this Valentine fine motor skills activity without too much bother. He did a great job using his pincer grasp for each bead with just a little encouragement!

valentine fine motor bead pattern work

It was definitely a Valentines fine motor skills packed morning together!

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Valentines Fine Motor Play from Craftulate

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Pipe Cleaner Loops from P is for Preschooler 

Edible No-Cook Nutella Playdough from Still Playing School

 Valentine’s Day CUT-Punch-PASTE Projects from Lalymom 

Light Bright Geoboard from And Next Comes L 

Fine Motor Heart Stamping from House of Burke

Sensory Valentine’s Sand Tray from Racheous – Lovable Learning


  1. I especially love the threading the beads and the punching the thumbtacks – they really need to pay attention and concentrate on what they’re doing!

  2. I love the heart and thumb tack activity! Here’s hoping lots of people gripe about giving a kid a sharp object to play with…haha 😉

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