Homemade and inexpensive activity to support fine motor skills for toddlers.

What are fine motor skills and why are they important?

Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscles in the hand to carry out activities such as using scissors, holding a pencil, construction tasks with building blocks, doing up buttons and so on.

Fine motor skills are not only essential for academic skills but are necessary in order to perform everyday skills such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and doing the buttons up on their coat. It is also an important skills to develop prior to your child attending school so that their play options aren’t limited this in turn can effect peer relationships and the child self esteem if they are unable to be involved with class room activities.


Reference: DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES 24-36 MONTHS By Rachael Smidt, Lexi Smidt, Kayla Otte, and Megan Gipfert



I created an inexpensive activity for my son using the following materials:

  • A shoe box
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • hole puncher, cello tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Laminating sheets and laminator, printer



I simply pierced holes into the shoe box and asked my son to choose a number of pipe cleaners to pierce through the holes. This requires patience and focus from the toddler as I intentionally made the holes quite small. I simply printed off some circles, coloured them in using crayons and pierced a small hole in each using a hole puncher. This then turned into a colour matching activity where my son had to stack each circle to the corresponding coloured pipe cleaner.



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