There are many ways to help young children develop fine motor skills. Some of the best ways are for them to practice moving objects of various sizes from one container to another. Here are a few activities we have done together.
We have a variety of different sized dry beans for the kids to use for crafts and activities. One day I took a couple of trays outside, some different size containers, and the beans for the kids to explore. They spent the majority of the time moving them from one place to the next.
- dried beans
I had my toddlers help create our Seasons Bottles by putting appropriate items into each of the four bottles. My daughter really loved putting the items in the bottles but she couldn't figure out why she was unable to get them back out.
Our Other Activities
Mess for Less' Q-Tips and Straws Activity
The OT Toolbox's Teach Kids How to Button the Fun Way
Teach Me Mommy's Threading Shapes
The Imagination Tree's Cardboard Beads