Free Goldfish Pattern Printable
This is the ultimate hands-on learning pack! I know my kiddos are a zillion times more engaged when they actually get to EAT their math lesson. Patterns are something that you’ll want to cover as part of your preschool math program. And, with these cute little fish crackers, your kids can have fun creating patterns and then eat the fish afterward! This free pattern pack includes 20 different pattern strips, making them a simple activity for at home or in the classroom. This is a great activity for when you need to keep your little children busy learning.
Interactive Pattern Sheet
This pack includes 4 sheets of 5 pattern strips. Each one of the 20 pattern strips has a unique pattern with different colors. Patterns follow the AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC patterns. You might find that your kiddos will end up creating their own patterns!
Pattern Game Assembly
All that is needed for the assembly part of this pattern game is to print the pages! Actually, if you want this set to last, say for your next kiddo, you might want to laminate the pattern cards for durability. That way, little cracker crumbs and sticky finger marks can easily be wiped off. After laminating, cut apart each strip and then get yourself some of the rainbow colored goldfish crackers.
Goldfish Cracker Pattern Game:
Once you have everything set up, have your preschooler pick out a pattern to replicate. After he/she is done, continue picking out different patterns until your child has completed them all. As your child masters the patterns, point out the name of the pattern and see if they can point and say which letter each fish represents as you go across the pattern. This might be too difficult at the start but work your way up to help your child reach this level of understanding patterns.
These Fish Cracker Patterns are perfect for a Busy Bag. Because there are not very many pieces to this printable you can just put the pattern strips into a sandwich bag and pull them out when your preschooler needs something to do.
As your child reaches preschool age, you may start thinking about how to add fine motor skills into their daily activities. While some small muscle movements happen every day, others must be more intentional. And, using easy and affordable tools to strengthen their fine motor movements is simple to do with alphabet play dough mats!
Kids love working with play dough — it’s squishy, hands-on fun! And, what better way to teach them their ABCs then through this fine motor alphabet playdough center.
Benefits of Play dough
Play dough is a great tactile tool for kids — it’s perfect for building strong muscles in their hands. Working with hands-on activities like play dough, will give great strength to those precious, tiny hands.
Yes, the small muscles get lots of practice during fun tasks such as writing, cutting and playing with small objects. Yet, with play dough, your preschoolers can not only roll and flatten, but also pinch, poke, and prod. Of course, the possibilities are endless with a little creativity!
Plus, as a multi-sensory tool, it’s sensory shaped style will allow your children to “work” on other various learning skills in addition to fine motor they’re developing.
Affordable Playdough Options
You may be wondering — while this is a wonderful resource and I can download it immediately, I don’t have any play dough! I’ve got you covered — with just a few simple materials, you can have some readily available in just a couple of steps. Here is my best playdough recipe with just 6 staple ingredients and 3 simple steps!
How to Make Playdough
Single Batch Ingredients:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsps of cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 TBSP oil (vegetable)
- food coloring
- Mix all ingredients (except food coloring).
- Cook over lower medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.
- Add your choice of food coloring.
Preschool moms, some of you may be thinking — I don’t have time to put this together today . So, for your super busy moms, order it on Amazon and get it in just 2 days directly at your door. Here is Play-Doh’s Multi Colored 24 Pack that has raving reviews and should last you awhile. Remember, though, keep those caps on!
Now that you’ve got your playdough recipe, it’s time to get your instant download fine motor alphabet playdough mats! Have tons of fun today with these excellent, engaging, and exciting preschool resources for hours of hands on playdough activities.
Fine Motor Alphabet Resources
And, one more thing, if you’d like to gather even more fine motor resources at a hugely discounted price, grab these Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle at Teachers Pay Teachers! It’s a huge fine motor packet of wonderful, preschool resources that continues to grow over time — grab it now while the price is right!
Learning about the weather is a fantastic opportunity for preschoolers! Students can learn all about the different kinds of weather and even to track the daily weather with a weather chart. Our Free weather tracing worksheets are wonderful for building small motor skills as well as teaching children about different types of weather.
Free Weather Worksheets
We’ve designed a set of free weather worksheets you’ll want to add to your thematic weather unit! Each worksheet features a different type of weather for students to trace and then to write. Many students will use these as free weather coloring pages as they are fun to color in as well.
Weather Printables for Preschoolers
Our free weather printables are ready to go! You can simply print them out and hand students some crayons and you’re all set. However, here are some variations you might want to try.
First, if you want to reuse the pages, simply slide them into a page protector and provide students with dry-erase markers. This is a great option if you are wanting to use them with multiple children, or in a classroom setting.
Second, you might have students trace the line with markers and then use lighter crayons or colored pencils to completely color in the picture. This makes for a pretty effect when all colored in.
Third, if you have a student who really wants to build fine motor skills, you can use glitter glue to complete the pictures. This is another great way to work those small motor muscles and control. This is much more challenging, so be sure your student is ready for this type of activity first. I found it difficult, so it might be better for older students to build grip.
Free Printable Weather Chart
To expand learning, pair this activity with our free printable weather chart for extra fun! This chart can be used daily to track the weather. We’ve got a varitey of other free weather printables, such as wordwall cards, coloring pages, sequencing games and more.
Weather Coloring Pages
However you decided to use these free weather activity pages, the kiddos are sure to love them! We’ve got worksheets for each of the following weather types: Sunny, Rain, Rainbow, Raindrops, Windy, Cloudy, Tornado, Lightning, Snow, and Snowflake.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Sunny
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about sunny weather.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Windy
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about windy weather.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Rainbow
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about a rainbow.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Rain Drops
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about rain drops.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Cloudy
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about cloudy weather.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Lightning
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about lightening.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Snow
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about snow.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Snowflake
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about snowflakes.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Tornado
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about tornados.
Weather Tracing Worksheet: Rain
This free activity worksheet will help build small motor skills. Students Trace, Color, and Write about rainy weather.
Writing is a fundamental skill to learning. Younger preschoolers love to scribble and pretend to write. Pre-writing activities give students the skills and muscle tone they need to write. Writing doesn’t come until later. However, laying the foundation will make learning to write easier. Learning for preschoolers is all about play. Here are five, fun pre-writing activities to start with your student, today.
Playdough is fun and easy to use. Kids love to squish and mold it. Just playing with playdough helps strengthen little hands. It develops fine motor skills and increases muscle tone. Both are very important for writing. Rolling out the playdough into long ropes helps develop pre-writing skills. Then you can make other writing shapes. Make circles, and x’s out of playdough. Roll out a horizontal rope and a vertical rope. Using your finger, trace over the shapes. Use a paintbrush or stick to make decorations on each shape. You can use clean stamps to practice going in a line. Just stamp one after another across a flattened piece of playdough.
Who doesn’t love to paint? It’s fun, colorful, and messy. Toddlers love messes. Moms, not so much. Painting is a wonderful pre-writing activity. Making long strokes with a paintbrush develops hand-eye coordination. If you are looking to avoid the mess, try painting with water. You can paint with water on a driveway, brick, or construction paper. The water will change the surface color, however, it is mess-free. Make sure to teach your child how to hold the paintbrush properly. This will help him to learn how to hold a pencil. Paint straight lines, squiggly lines, and loops or circles. Older siblings can join in by practicing letters, spelling words, or shapes.
Sand or Salt Tray
Long before a child can hold a pen, he can use his finger. Drawing with fingers build coordination, fine motor skills, and confidence. Start with a tray covered with sand and salt. Make the sand deep enough to move with your finger. Have the child experiment with moving the sand with just one finger at a time. Practice lines, squiggles, and circles. Once the child is ready, give him a card with a shape, letter, or number to copy into the sand.
A classic Montessori task, transferring is actually an important pre-writing activity. Using tongs or tweezers children transfer objects from one bowl to another. This teaches how to follow a line. It also develops fine motor skills and coordination. Pom poms, beans, marbles, seeds, or acorns are perfect for transferring practice. Really anything can be used. Raid your pantry and get transferring.
Stickers, they are one of the great joys of childhood. Stickers actually teach pre-writing skills. Moving stickers from the sheet to your page, is an important skill to develop. Once children master putting stickers onto paper, their clothes, or themselves, you can do more complicated activities. Draw a horizontal line and have the child place stickers along the line. You can later progress to shapes and letters. Making lines out of stickers is fun and forgiving. So the child practices tracing the line without getting frustrated.
Try more pre-writing activities using our Fine Motor Task Card Activity Bundle! This helpful bundle includes a variety of different task cards you can use to develop small motor muscles without writing:
- Fine Motor Task Cards: Symmetry Task Card Activity Pack
- Fine Motor Task Cards: Alphabet Geo Board Task Cards Activity Pack
- Fine Motor Task Cards: ABC Brick Activity Pack
- Fine Motor Task Cards: ABC Play Dough Activity Pack
- Fine Motor Task Cards: ASL Activity Pack
These free blank alphabet letter mats make look simple, but they are filled with possibility for your preschool classroom! Blank ABC letters can be filled with a variety of different small motor manipulatives, making them a fantastic secret weapon to pull from of your Super Teacher Toolbox! These boredom busters are not only fun and engaging, but they build letter recognition and fine motor skills too! For extended fun, print a set on colored cardstock and laminate them for reuse in a classroom setting.
Here are 10 creative ways to use Blank Alphabet Mats:
1.Alphabet Dab & Dot
Students can use dab & dot markers to fill in the letters. Dab & Dot markers are like markers but at the end of them is a round surface that the paint comes out when pressed down. Children can create different patterns on the letters using Dab & Dot markers. HINT: Show children they can blend two colors by dabbing layers.
2.Alphabet Pom Poms
Pom-poms are a fun hands-on way for preschool age kids to practice learning and making the letters of the alphabet. This is a great way for children to strengthen fine motor skills, especially if you have them use tweezers to pick up and place the pom-poms. HINT: Have children place the poms in the correct stroke order for proper letter formation.
3.Alphabet Play Dough Mats
Playdough is a fun and interactive way for children to make letters. They are able to play around with play-doh all while learning the letters of the alphabet. Children strengthen their small motor muscles by rolling and shaping the dough into the correct shape. This activity builds estimation skills as children determine how long of a rope they will need to complete each letter.
4. Mini-Eraser Play Mats
Have you heard of mini erasers? Teachers use them in their classrooms for small student rewards, but they can be used for many more classroom projects. In this case, students can use them to fill in their blank alphabet templates to make cute patterns.
Blocks are a fun and easy way for your child to learn each letter. Preschoolers can also practice making different patterns with the blocks. These particular blocks are square with different colors, making them just right for filling in our alphabet mats. You can try legos, Cuisenaire blocks, pattern blocks or any other block you might have on hand.
6.Alphabet Sticker Mats
Do you have any extra stickers laying around, maybe even a bunch leftover from a recent garage sale? Well, put them to use! Preschool kiddos love playing with stickers so dig them out of the junk drawer and have your preschooler use them to fill in these blank alphabet letters. There is lots of fine motor work peeling the backing off of individual stickers, and more as the carefully place them on the mat.
Keeping your preschool classroom stocked with engaging manipulatives is a great way to encourage some spontaneous learning. Links are an inexpensive resources that you’ll want to have on hand. These links are fun to play with and even more fun to make letters out of. Your preschool student can use these links to create different letters by joining the links to form a chain.
8.Alphabet Popsicle Sticks
Mini-Popsicle sticks are another great manipulative you can use to fill in these letter mats. These popsicle sticks come in a rainbow of colors are are about half the size of standard popsicle sticks. Their smaller size lends them the ability to be useful for making the uppercase the lowercase letters of the alphabet.
9. Alphabet Stamps
If you have a set of alphabet stamps available in your classroom, then this is another great way to fill up your blank letter mats. In fact, you can have students stamp the uppercase and the lowercase letters onto the correct letters.
Alphabet Tracing Mats
Use simple page protectors, or laminate the alphabet mats so they can be used with dry-erase markers, Students can practice stroke order and letter formation for all of the letters of the alphabet.
Free Alphabet Templates
These Alphabet templates are currently FREE in our TPT store! Head over to grab this awesome freebie and while you’re there check out our Fine Motor Letter of the Week Bundle. It’s filled with hundreds of activities and resources you can use to build fine motor skills while learning the alphabet.
As preschool moms, we desire the best for our children. And, part of our desire is to educate them while cultivating a love for learning. With just a little ingenuity, it’s possible to incorporate their favorite toys with these fun and flexible Fine Motor Alphabet Mats!
Why Fine Motor Skills are Important
You may wonder, why are developing fine motor skills necessary for preschoolers? Thankfully, young children naturally use many of these small skill sets on a daily basis. Yet, other fine motor movements, require some intentional quiet time.
For example, young kids trigger little muscle movements just by naturally playing with small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, and eating. Easy peasy, right?
Yet, other fine motor skills like cutting, writing, and drawing will need more guidance. And, we as parents, need just a little nudging to support these important skills. It’s very simple to do in a fun and engaging way using a few key steps.
Alphabet LEGO Mats:
Now, how do we get our preschoolers to practice this critical milestone? By using their own favorite toys as tools! Let me demonstrate.If you have LEGOs, you are covered with the right tools to begin honing in on important fine motor movements. And, I have a great solution for you to help guide motivate your child in getting his/her creative juices going!
With these fine motor worksheets, not only will your preschool child learn their ABCs, they also will strength mall muscle movements.
How to Build Fine Motor Skills
With just a few LEGO building bricks with sizes 2×2, 2×3, and 2×4, you can begin immediately teaching your child alphabet activities. This includes learning the upper case and lower case letters using bricks!
This Fine Motor Alphabet: Brick Building Math Mats printable is easy to use, easy on the budget, and perfect as a teaching tool.
Not only will your child use fine motor skills with LEGOs, they will also report their answers practicing writing skills.
Why Use Fine Motor Alphabet Brick Mats
The best way to learn at a young age is using a kinestetic or multisensory approach. And, using familiar objects while applying new concepts is the perfect way for these amazing learning centers.
With Fine Motor Alphabet: Brick Building Math Mats, your preschool child will not just be practicing math through counting. They’ll also have important hands on tools to learn their alphabet and practice writing skills.
With these incredibly valuable fine motor worksheets, your child will have a well-rounded knowledge of key learning areas — math, letter formation, and spatial development.
And, it doesn’t just stop here — we have a ton of fine motor skill resources and a HUGE growing list of fine motor skill activities using the ABCs! You’ll give your preschool child a wonderful advantage of increasing their knowledge while having a ton of fun using a variety of hands on materials.
The key to a successful preschool home setting or classroom includes several hands-on fine motor activities. With this multi-sensory approach to learning, preschoolers will retain more knowledge while having fun doing it! And, that’s why we continue to grow our Fine Motor ABC bundles to include small movement activities for preschoolers.
Fine Motor Alphabet Activities
A great example for building essential preschool skills is included in our popular and affordable fine motor control bundle. Preschoolers can practice stroke order and direction by using the Fine Motor Alphabet: Dip & Dot Q-Tip Painting with Letter Stroke Formation! This heavy handful includes the entire uppercase and lowercase alphabet on 26 adorable black and white pages of alphabet activity mats.
Fine Motor Alphabet Mats:
Wondering what this “dip and dot” approach is all about? Once you print the worksheets, you’ll find a helpful letter formation guide showing step by step strokes per letter. Next, you’ll discover sequential dot placeholders for your young students to dip and paint.
And, the best part is wonderful for busy moms — this activity requires only two materials — paint and QTips! You may just have these two craft supplies right in your home or classroom. With a little guidance, your preschooler will carefully dip the tip of the cotton swab into the paint to pick up just enough to dab with.
Make sure you also show them to follow the stroke order when writing the letters. They’ll need to dot the letters in the correct stroke order. Finally, your students will fill in the picture with a beautiful array of colors.
Simple Fine Motor Activities
On a busy day, these fine motor mats go well with your hectic schedule. I know what you’re thinking, paint is messy! However, it can be a quick clean up with these simple suggestions.
Print the fine motor skill worksheets (card stock recommended) and grab the two dip and dot materials: paint and Q Tips. For easy clean up, throw newspaper, disposable tablecloth or old bed sheet on a table and you’re ready to go.
Even if it’s nice outside, this activity would be perfect on a picnic or kids table to reduce messy clean up and spills. Yet, if the weather doesn’t cooperate with rain or snow, you’ll be relieved to hear good news!
With this activity readily available for a quick print, it’s guaranteed to eliminate boredom and of course, mischief! And, don’t forget, it makes a great keepsake or refrigerator masterpiece.
Fine Motor Letter of Week Packet
If you would like to continue building their fine motor skill activities, this pack is perfect for Fine Motor Letter of the Week Pages. It’s over 260 pages of low prep resources for teaching children the alphabet with hands-on activities. Children work on letter sounds, beginning letter words, cutting & pasting, mazes, sight words, brick building, painting, geoboards and so much more!
Fine Motor Skills: A Year of Thematic Activities
HUGE Year-Long Mega Bundle of Fine Motor Skills Activities you can use for instant learning centers, early finishers and more. Each monthly pack includes 60+ pages of no-prep, hands-on activities and resources.
Fine Motor September Activity Pack
Septembers Fine Motor Activities are filled with apples, acorns, back to school, technology and more! These activity pages will build key fine motor skills for preschoolers.
Fine Motor Skills Examples:
- GEOBOARD: Students use rubber bands to create the pictures on a geoboard. Each sheet features a letter of the alphabet alongside a thematic picture.
- MAZES: Students solve the mazes and follow the prompts. Each page features thematic mazes alongside a tracing activity or prompt.
- PLAY DOUGH: Students use play dough to complete the prompts.Prompts require students to form and shape the dough to make pictures, solve problems, or complete the scene.
- TRACING: Students trace the pictures with colored pencils or fine tip markers. Each page features thematic content and prompts students to complete the pictures.
- SNAP CUBE CREATIONS: Students use counting cubes to make thematic pictures These cubes can be snapped together. If you do not have cubes, students can color the squares in the grid to match the picture.
- PUZZLE PICTURES: Students use puzzle blocks to create thematic pictures. These sheets feature thematic shapes and provide students with easy and more difficult patterns. A full color example is available for easy reference.
- LISTENING SKILL SHEETS: Teachers will read the directions aloud and the student listens carefully to finish the task. Tasks involve fine motor elements, coloring, and prepositional positioning of drawings
- CUISENAIRE™ ROD PICTURES: Students use colorful centimeter rods to build thematic pictures.Students are asked to color the rod key to show how many rods they used of each color.
- BRICK BUILDERS: Students use classic building blocks to recreate these thematic pictures.Students work on storing, planning, and stacking before creating their final picture.
- DOT & POKE: Students cut apart the halves. Students solve the dot to dot activities.Then, students use a push pin to poke a picture onto colored construction paper. See full instructions below.
- CUT & SORT CROWNS: Each crown features a theme alongside a 4-step sequencing pattern. Students cut out the pictures and glue them in the correct order. Students write their name, color the pictures, then staple the sides to make a crown.
- DAB & DOT: Students use daubers to dab by number in order to reveal the mystery picture. (Hold at a distance to help students see the pictures).
- CUT & PASTE CRAFTIVITY: These crafty projects are perfect for little hands.Students color, glue, and cut to make fun, thematic pictures.Pair with a simple writing prompt or poem for extra learning!
- POM PICTURES x 2: Students use pom-poms to complete the picture.For added difficulty have students use plastic tweezers to pick up the poms. Alternatively students can glue poms to make these sheets into a simple craft project.
Our September Fine Motor Activity Pack is filled with over 60 pages of hands-on, interactive activities which have been specifically designed to build key fine motor skills. Fine Motor Skills Activities are those that intentionally require students to use their small motor muscles to strengthen and develop coordination. Our fine motor skill games and activities are highly engaging and keep the prep work to a minimum.
Fine Motor September Activity Pack
60 thematic, hands-on activities to build fine motor control skills in September! These thematic activity pages are perfect for your September learning centers. Low-Prep & Instant Download!
Fine Motor Skills Development:
With over 60 Pages, we’ve developed our fine motor activity packs to target a variety of physical and mental skill-building exercises. Skills include logic & reasoning, one-to-one matching, solving puzzles, drawing, tracing, cutting, poking, geoboards, pom-pom pages, and so much more! These exercises can be used with preschool students or children with special needs during occupational therapy, just remember to always supervise your student carefully when using any small objects like rubber bands, marbles, and the like. We’ve organized our monthly fine motor packs into weekly themes so that they print in the order you need them. However, here is a peek at all 15 different types of activities included so you can get an idea of the types of activities:
1. Fine Motor Geoboard Printables
This fine motor skills pack includes four different geoboard activity pages. Each activity sheet provides students with easy thematic pictures as well as a harder version to create on their geoboard. Room is provided for students to copy the drawing below each. Students use rubber bands to create the pictures on a geoboard. We suggest using rainbow loom bands to complete these activities.
2. Fine Motor Mazes & Activities
Mazes are great for fine motor skills development and very helpful for building logic and reasoning skills. Plus, they are super fun! That’s why we’ve included four thematic maze activity sheets. Students are asked to solve thematic mazes and to follow the instructions to perform other simple fine motor tasks. These mazes are just the right size and students will enjoy the challenge while building confidence.
3. Fine Motor Play Dough Mats
Children LOVE to play with playdough, and these fine motor playdough mats will add a little skill-building fun to your classroom. Students are asked to use different methods to roll, smash and create a variety of thematic playdough shapes. Students learn to estimate size and shape as they try to match the pictures. These mats are fun for students of all ages and when laminated or placed in page protectors you can reuse them for years to come.
4. Fine Motor Tracing Pages
Our Fine Motor Tracing Pages are perfect for building those small motor muscles necessary for handwriting. If you have a student that LOATHES handwriting, they might be more apt to work on these fun tracing activity pages. Each page features multiple opportunities to build hand-eye coordination in a fun and engaging way. These are fantastic when put in page protectors or laminate so children can use them again and again.
5. Snap Cube Pictures
If you’re not familiar with snap cubes, you’re in for a treat! These colorful cubes are made of plastic and can be connected to each other to create all sorts of shapes and designs. We’ve includes four thematic snap cute activity mats which provide students with an example picture and a grid to build it. These are fantastic for working gross motor skills such as grip, because it takes a bit of effort to get these cubes together and apart.
6. Pattern Block Pictures
Pattern blocks are another helpful resource when building fine motor skills. Pattern blocks are basically a set of differently shapes blocks (hexagon, triangle, diamond/rhombus, parallelogram, trapezoid, and square) that can be used to create different designs and pictures. We’ve includes four different pattern blocks mats for students to crate and report the different shapes they used.
7. Cuisenaire Rod Mats
Cuisenaire Rods are basically narrow blocks that increase in size by 1cm. They are perfect for introducing key math skills as well as using for fine motor mats. We’ve included four Cuisenaire Rod mats students can use to create different thematic shapes. Each mat asks students to report the number of rods they used to complete their picture.
8. Building Brick Activity Mats
What kid doesn’t like to play with LEGO’s? Especially when it counts for school work! We’ve included four fun brick building activity mats that can be used with LEGO (TM) or any other classic building brick. There are reading and math games included that can be used with students who are ready to learn sight words and basic math skills like tally marks and addition. If you use a 6×6 transparent building mat you can even place it over the top of the activity sheet for assistance building the specific picture.
9. Pom-Pom Pictures
Pom-Pom pictures are another great activity featured in our fine motor skills pack! This set includes four different pictures for students to make by arranging the poms into the correct order. We use this set of poms along with a pair of large plastic tweezers. However, these pages can be used with Bingo Dab markers if desired.
10. Listening Skill Sheets
If your child struggles with listening skills this is a resource you are going to really appreciate! Actually, our listening skills sheets will soon become one of your child’s favorite activities! Not only do they build confidence, but these pages are specifically developed to encourage children to listen carefully and to follow exact directions. Students are given small tasks to complete each page, building fine motor skills and prepositional awareness along the way.
11. Special Skill Activities
These special skills activity sheets include a variety of different fine motor skills tasks. There are four different activity sheets in this sections, each of them designed to work on individual small motor control. Here is a look at each of them:
Cutting Skills & Dot to Dot Mystery Phrase:
Students practice their cutting skills using children’s safety scissors. Students are asked to cut on the lines across the sheet. The Dot-2-Dot Activity page asks students to complete the worksheet by writing the letters in the order they reach them around the puzzle.
Pin & Poke Activity Sheet
Our Pint and Poke Activities are great for developing small motor muscle strength. This is definitely a project you’ll want to closely supervise with your student as there is a sharp tool involved. We use this specific wood-handled punch tool, along with this thick punching mat. You will layer this setup as Worksheet-Cardstock-Punching Mat, and then tape into place. Students will carefully punch through each of the dots to make the picture. When finished, remove the layers and hold the cardstock up to light to reveal the picture.
Q-Tip Painting Activity
Students can work on their artistic skills while building fine motor skills! Provide students with a few Q-tips and different colors of paint. Show them how to carefully dip the tip of the Q-tip into the paint and then to stamp the color into the correct spots on their painting. Older students can learn to blend colors by double dotting different colors on top of one another.
12. Sequencing Crowns
We’ve added a little sequencing FUN to our Fine Motor Skills Packs! Included in this set are four different sequencing crowns that will not only build cut & paste skills but sequencing and order as well. Many of the crowns feature plant and animal life cycles to add in a little extra science.
13. Dab & Dot Activity Sheets
Who doesn’t LOVE a good mystery!? These Dab and Dot worksheets are similar to a color by number with Bingo Daubers. Students solve the mystery by following the code. Your students will improve fine motor skills while having fun! Many of these pictures can be held at a distance to better see the picture.
14. Pom-Pom Picture Mats
These picture mats are especially helpful if you are using this pack with younger children. You can use this set with Pom-Poms (or Mini-Poms as shown), flat gems, transparent bingo markers or even mini-erasers. However, if you have a younger child, you can easily build motor development by using this set with dry cereal like Cheerios so they can participate as well. Since these are full-color, we do recommend laminating or sliding the sheets into page protectors for reuse.
15. Popsicle Stick Craftivity
Finishing out our September Fine Motor Activity Pack is a collection of fun Popsicle Stick Craftivitiy Sheets! This set allows for a little creativity as you student uses popsicle sticks to build a thematic character or item. Students are asked to follow the instructions and add any additional items like wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners, glitter etc…to customize their creation. These can then be cut out and hung up in the classroom for decoration.
BONUS: Wiggle Eye Calendar
Because our monthly fine motor packs are designed around the calendar, we thought it would be fun to include a calendar your student can customize at the start of the month. This isn’t just any old calendar though! Students work on dabbing the tiniest amount of glue onto the black circles in order to glue on some silly wiggle eyes. Not only are children building fine motor skills, but they are creating a monthly calendar they can use for reference over the next few weeks. I have my kiddos fill in the dates and add a couple of significant events to the calendar.
UPDATE: ALL MONTHS NOW AVAILABLE!
We’ve recently released fine motor activity packs for all the months of the school year, September thru June, and we’ve priced our year-long bundle at a discount to help you SAVE your teaching budget! You can now order the entire bundle from our Teachers Pay Teachers Store here.
Strengthening fine motor skills in preschoolers is key to healthy development. While some of these necessary skills are passive, others are more active. So, let’s talk about fine motor skills examples you can activate today in your preschooler’s daily activities!
What are Fine Motor Skills
But, before we begin, you may wonder — what are Fine Motor Skills? The Fine Motor Skills definition is the coordination of small muscles movement involving the synchronization of hands, fingers and eyes. In other words, it’s the act of using multiple senses including eyes, fingers, and hands. They all work together to perform smaller tasks.
As a young mother, I initially didn’t realize how important it was — until I stumbled upon it accidentally. Thankfully, I learned this critical information early and incorporated additional fun and engaging exercises. This kept my preschooler actively learning and developing small movement skills all at the same time!
List of Fine Motor Skills
There are many everyday activities involving these type of small movements. And, some typical examples include simple grasping at toys, moving objects, and using utensils while eating. Yet, sometimes we need to be more intentional about giving our preschooler extra practice with fine motor skills.
9 Hands-On Activities to Build Fine Motor Skills:
Here is a classical list of fine motor skills examples to help develop strong small hand and eye coordination:
- pasting paper
- taping paper
- touching with fingers
- buttoning and unbuttoning
- zipping a zipper
- building blocks
- solving puzzles
- coloring and drawing
While the list above can seem somewhat daunting, there are wonderful tools online available to ease your day! And, there’s a simple solution that’s affordable, virtually no prep, hands on, and of course, fun! You’ll love this Fine Motor Skills Bundle I’ve put together — it continuously grows with new materials and activities.
Inside this packed full, highly rated bundle is Fine Motor Alphabet Activities, Games, Worksheets and More! And yes, it works perfectly with Letter of the Week Learning Centers.
Keep in mind, with each set added to the packet, it will focus on the letters of the alphabet, alphabet sounds/phonics, beginning letter words, and of course, fine motor skills! Essentially, it’s an all in one package for preschoolers!
Review this fantastic line up of what’s included in the fine motors preschool packet and what’s coming below:
- Alphabet Drive & Write Mats
- Dip & Dot Q-Tip Painting
- Beginning Letter Dab Worksheets
- Alphabet Sounds Maze Pack
- Brick Building Pack
- Cuisenaire Rod Pictures
- Alphabet Phonics Cards
- Sign Language Minibooks
- Listening Skills Sheets
- Letter Cut & Paste
- Alphabet Popsicle Stick Pictures
- Fine Motor Pom Pictures
- And More…..
Now, any preschool mom or teacher is now equipped with the right tools to build their children’s fine motor skills. It’s easy to get started with my handy list above or Fine Motor Skills Bundle. It’s true, we have a busy lifestyle, teachers and moms, so take advantage of this incredible lifesaver today!