These Summer fine motor activities for preschool encourage young children to develop hand and wrist strength through play. Great for pre-handwriting!
Summertime is the perfect time to boost fine motor skills in preschoolers. Fine motor skills are the building blocks for the handwriting that children will be practicing in Kindergarten and beyond.
These Summer fine motor activities for preschool will help children practice these skills all while having fun, plus, they are just overall great summer activities for kids.
Summer Fine Motor Activities for Preschool
Playing with busy bags, engaging in sensory play and using fine motor tools are all great ways to help develop the muscles in little fingers.
What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. Pinching small items between the fingertips, rolling play dough into a ball, grasping items in the hands are all play based activities that support these skills.
Providing children with engaging material that invites them to touch and manipulate the materials is all you need to do to help boost fine motor skills.
Fine Motor Activities to do in the Summer
Check out some of these fun activities that will help children use fine motor skills in their play!
Bead Threading on Feathers Busy Bag: bead threading is one of the easiest ways to help children practice fine motor skills. Try stringing them on feathers instead of string!
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Felt Pancake Busy Bag: this book based activity will be a fun way for children to really connect with, and make sense of, a classic book
Felt Cookie Busy Bag for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: similar to the activity above, these fine motor busy bags will help children connect with a book and practice pincer grasp
Unicorn Sensory Bin with Fine Motor Practice for Kids: unicorn manipulatives are fun to move about in this sensory bin while practicing some stringing
Fine Motor Bug Activity for Preschoolers: go on a bug hunt indoors with tweezers and faux moss to look for buried bugs!
S is for Sunflower: Fine Motor Practice: using tools such as tweezers to discover a sunflower will teach science while practicing fine motor skills
Pudding Playdough: Edible Sensory Play for Kids: roll it into balls and shapes or use tools such as rolling pins and cookie cutters with playdough
Drawing Clouds in Shaving Cream with Little Cloud: one of the simplest set-ups is shaving cream on a table for little fingers to move through. Do this activity along with the book Little Cloud!
Garden Pretend Play with Printable Vegetable Puppets: print these vegetables and make puppets to place into slots in a pretend, homemade garden!
Stamped Hydrangea Bubble Wrap Craft for Toddlers: crafting can be great for fine motor skills, this projects has children grasp and stamp bubble wrap to create a beautiful work of art
Bird Sensory Bin with a Nest Building Activity: children can build their own nests, using their fine motor skills to pretend they are birds weaving their very own home
There are so many fun activities to boost fine motor skills for preschoolers. These summer fine motor activities for preschool are just a few.
Which will you start with?