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As parents, you play a critical role in your child’s fine motor skill development. The most important thing you can do is to provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for your child. Developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care. .


Importance of Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. They help children perform important tasks like feeding themselves, grasping toys, buttoning and zipping clothes, writing, drawing, and more. The ability to complete self-care and every day tasks helps a child’s self esteem and confidence to increase.

It’s important to start working with children on building their fine motor skills early on. Fine motor skills will develop and improve as they move through childhood. It just takes the right kind of practice. 

Some children may struggle with performing tasks that use their fine motor skills. This can cause them to become frustrated and upset when they can’t complete every day tasks. For example, a child may have a difficult time holding scissors and cutting along a dotted line. This could cause them to be frustrated at the task and avoid cutting exercises because they feel it’s too difficult.

We’ll show you some great activities to help build your child’s fine motor skills that are fun, engaging, and can help get children over the frustrated bump of giving up


Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills

Academic Activities

Free Play Activities

Spring Term 


Motor Skills - Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle Part 1

Shonette and the Spread the Happiness Crew demonstrate the first three moves in the Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle teaching method for writing. The full book and...

Dough dance/finger gym routine | Down in the Jungle | Nursery rhyme with playdough

Here are some more hand muscle exercises for you to follow .
Get up on your feet and bust a move on the dance floor with your playdough! This Early Years Emily dough gym/dough dance routine incorporates both fine and g...

Dough Disco

It is vital that our hand muscles are strong and ready for learning to write our sounds in our name and new words
Dough disco is a great way to build our muscles.
This activity needs to be done everyday. its fun and you can choose your own music if you want to mute the video.
You can follow Ms Isirgan's - how to make your own coloured dough.,

Pencil control activities 

You can use the sheets below to help children develop their pencil control in making patterns 

Encourage them to go slow and follow the dots. 

After this they can then draw their own patterns. 

Christmas Jumper Day Friday 11th December 2020

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Christmas trees 

Try this simple activity - follow the lines of the tree . 

Draw triangle shapes on paper. Draw lines going down equally spaced. Then get the children to follow patterns either with coloured pencils /felts or using small objects such as buttons, beads or beans.

If you number the spaces - as in the picture - children can also practice their counting out the correct number of objects in each section. 

 Please note this activity should be supervised by an adult due to the small parts and children MUST NOT put these in their mouths. 


Please choose the following activities to design your own Christmas jumper. Follow the patterns or make your own. Please share your designs on the seesaw app.

Christmas Wish list

Using the story link below  for Father "Christmas needs a wee",  children can create their own wish list 



Encourage the children to draw the picture and attempt to write the word. They may the beginning sound of the item, encourage them to write this too. 

Mark making with Ms Isirgan

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Finger Warm Up Exercises for Handwriting and Fine Motor Dexterity I Occupational Therapy

There are several activities which help stretch and relax fingers to promote fine motor dexterity. Try this simple, one minute, hand, and finger warm-up.
Before children can write and form their letters correctly they must gain a control over their fingers and develop their hand eye coordination. Here is a simple warm up activity before you write or draw at home.

Crocodile Snap Pencil Grasp Childrens Song

Crocodile Snap is a children's song designed to help children improve the fine motor skills the need to hold a pencil. It is part of the GriffinOT Supporting...

We will teach the children how to correctly hold a pencil, for this we will do lots of activities to build up children's coordination of their thumb, index and middle finger. When we use these two fingers and our thumb it is called a tri pod grip. Crocodile Snap is a children's song designed to help children improve the fine motor skills the need to hold a penci