Without us really even thinking about it, we begin working on fine motor skills with our little ones. From the time they are babies, fine motor activities are naturally woven in to their day-to-day routines, and as my kids have gotten older, I have enjoyed providing them with even more opportunities to practice these skills.
Fine Motor Activities
For the two-year old and three-year old homeschool preschool years, the letter mats from ABC Jesus Loves Me have been perfect for teaching letter recognition and more. I printed mine on heavy cardstock and laminated them (Here’s a link to my favorite laminator.), and we have used them over and over and over again.
*At one time, these mats were free, but it looks as if the setup on that particular website has changed. I will check into this and update this post soon!*
We have used a variety of objects to learn about the shape of each letter…
…with rolling out and shaping Play-doh being a favorite for developing fine motor skills.
In addition to rolling out and shaping Play-doh, one of my kids’ favorite fine motor activities is rolling it out and CUTTING IT! Yes, there have been many occasions when this simple activity has kept them busy for long periods of time.
Psst…I would suggest placing the Play-doh and scissors on some type of tray that will assist with keeping the mess contained. I have recently fallen in love with THESE from Ikea!
Plastic Child-Friendly Scissors by Crayola available here!
Next up: Letter Stamping & Word Stamping! Not only has this activity been fantastic for encouraging letter recognition, chatting about letter sounds, and creating new words but rolling out the Play-doh and using small stamps to create is also an excellent fine motor activity. Cookie Cutters also work great, too!
As you can see, Play-doh has come in handy for many of these activities, but I was recently introduced to Z-Dough – a homemade play dough that is made with natural scents. Honestly, Play-doh can drive me nuts sometimes…the mess…the smell…I don’t know, maybe I’m weird, but when Kira from Z Dough sent over personalized tins for each of my kiddos, I was immediately in love with the smooth texture and the yummy smells. She personalized the scents as well – How cool is that?
I love all of the amazing connections I’ve made through Instagram, and if you are not following along with Kira’s account, you must connect with her here! She has filled orders for all occasions – brides looking for something to keep the little ones in their wedding party busy, mamas looking for the perfect stocking stuffers, teachers interested in a more natural play dough option for their classroom – Go check it out!
Over the past couple of weeks we have really enjoyed using Z Dough for our fine motor fun, and I’ll know you’ll love it, too!
For more fine motor activity ideas, take a peek at how we use kid-friendly tweezers and pom poms to develop fine motor skills with a variety of ideas that stretch across all subject areas.
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