Toddlers and preschoolers need time to develop motor skills - whether they are gross motor, walking, climbing, jumping or fine motor that will help with writing in the future. Here's 5 fun motor skills activities for tots this week featured from last weeks Tuesday Tots link up and our archives.
First off using some water beads (please use these with care and only with children who no longer put everything in their mouth) for colour sorting, the fine motor action of picking up the water beads.
Working on fine motor control of the pencil for writing a good exercise is draw and erase on the chalk board - we did it with some of the starting lines for letter formation and had a lot of fun with it.
Scribbles, doodles, shaded areas over whole pieces of paper are great fine motor activities and Stir the Wonder shared Drawing as a fine motor activity.
Pipe cleaners make an excellent home made tool for developing some fine motor skills and I love this coiled pipe cleaner drop activity from Adventures of Adam.
Mixing craft and fine motor skills - this yarn egg craft works wonders for little hands from Fantastic Fun and Learning.