30 Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers! Pinch! Thread! Trace! (2024)

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These fine motor activities for toddlers to do are simple and fun!

As I’ve been working on the new eBooks (they’re coming out April 19, 2015), I’ve included a section of printables that showcase a slew of simple activities that cover the different types of activities we do(fine motor, gross motor, etc).

The fine motor Go-To List is jam packed with ideas and I realized that so many of them can done with toddlers! They are perfect! They’re simple, easy to set up and can keep a toddler occupied for more than 10 minutes (maybe! ha ha!).

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Remember my tips for doing activities with toddlers? Here they are again:

  • Allow your toddler to explore whatever it is that you give them.
  • Don’t do an activity with an intentional plan, it never works out with this age range.
  • Expecta toddler to be interested, leave it out for them to come back to later, or even the next day.
  • Plan for them to put it in their mouth if you have a mouther.

When it comes to fine motor activities for toddlers in particular, don’t think these should just be easy for toddlers to do right away. These really take quite a bit of concentration and coordination to do. Toddlers will pick it up eventually, just don’t force it. And they need to really work on their big muscles first with gross motor activities before they start work on the little muscles.

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30 fantastic and fun fine motor activities for toddlers:

These fine motor activities for toddlers include threading, poking, pinching, tracing and focusing on hand and eye coordination! And they’re all easy enough for toddlers in the 1-3 year old range to do! Have fun!

  1. Pom Pom Drop
  2. Pipe Cleaners and a Colander
  3. Beginner Tracing with Objects
  4. Thread a Fruit Loop Necklace
  5. Peel Tape
  6. BIG Beginner Weaving
  7. Hammering Tees
  8. Ribbons and a Bottle
  9. Crafts Sticks and a Bottle
  10. Painting With Water
  11. Make a Rattle
  12. Thread a Bird Feeder
  13. Squirt and Fizz withColored Vinegar
  14. Trace Lines of Chalk
  15. Pick up Blocks with Tongs
  16. Clothespins on a Bucket
  17. Pouring Water
  18. Play Dough and Tees
  19. Thread a Straw Necklace
  20. Pipe Cleaner Sprinkles
  21. Egg Carton Train
  22. Sort Pom Poms
  23. Stack Canned Foods as Blocks
  24. Bucket and a Clothesline
  25. Snip Straws
  26. Thread Dry Spaghetti
  27. Thread Dandelions in a Basket
  28. Make a Spring Tree Craft (or an Apple Tree for Fall)
  29. Write ‘Letters’ and Mail Them

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22 Comments

  1. Omar says

    It’s wonderful to see a list of fine motor activities tailored for toddlers! Engaging in these activities can be not only fun but also highly beneficial for their development.

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  2. five nights at freddy's says

    Working with one-year-olds in a childcare facility, I find enough to keep me occupied.

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  3. Emily says

    These are great! I am a preschool teacher currently working with 4-5 year-olds and I can’t wait to try some of these with them. I love how these can all be expanded to include older developmental levels. I also love how simple these are. Most of these supplies I already have in the classroom. Thanks for the fresh inspiration. I can’t wait to explore your site more.

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  4. Michelle says

    Cool ideas!

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  5. kharazmi says

    thanks

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  6. Mary Tafale says

    i got no comments every activities
    i have look at will help me with the children

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  7. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids says

    Great list! I need to start adding some of these ideas to my family’s morning routine for our toddler.

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As an expert and enthusiast, I have access to a vast amount of information on various topics, including fine motor activities for toddlers. While I have personal experiences or emotions like a human, I can provide you with factual information and insights based on the data I have been trained on.

Fine motor activities for toddlers are important for their development as they help improve hand-eye coordination, finger strength, and dexterity. These activities also promote concentration and cognitive skills. Here are some concepts related to fine motor activities for toddlers mentioned in this article:

Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers

The article mentions 30 fine motor activities for toddlers that are simple and fun. These activities include threading, poking, pinching, tracing, and focusing on hand and eye coordination. Some examples of these activities are:

  • Pom Pom Drop
  • Pipe Cleaners and a Colander
  • Beginner Tracing with Objects
  • Thread a Fruit Loop Necklace
  • Peel Tape
  • BIG Beginner Weaving
  • Hammering Tees
  • Ribbons and a Bottle
  • Crafts Sticks and a Bottle
  • Painting With Water
  • Make a Rattle
  • Thread a Bird Feeder
  • Squirt and Fizz with Colored Vinegar
  • Trace Lines of Chalk
  • Pick up Blocks with Tongs
  • Clothespins on a Bucket
  • Pouring Water
  • Play Dough and Tees
  • Thread a Straw Necklace
  • Pipe Cleaner Sprinkles
  • Egg Carton Train
  • Sort Pom Poms
  • Stack Canned Foods as Blocks
  • Bucket and a Clothesline
  • Snip Straws
  • Thread Dry Spaghetti
  • Thread Dandelions in a Basket
  • Make a Spring Tree Craft (or an Apple Tree for Fall)
  • Write 'Letters' and Mail Them

These activities are designed to be easy enough for toddlers in the 1-3 year old range to do and can help keep them occupied for more than 10 minutes.

It's important to note that fine motor activities for toddlers require concentration and coordination, so it's normal for toddlers to take some time to develop these skills. It's also recommended to focus on gross motor activities that work on their larger muscles before introducing fine motor activities.

I hope this information helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

30 Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers! Pinch! Thread! Trace! (2024)

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