Welcome back to another week of Mommy Camp for Toddlers! I hope you had fun last week working on your gross motor skills. And if you want to continue to work on those, definitely do! This week’s theme is all about fine motor skills and as I explained last week, I post these on a Friday so you can use the weekend to gather materials for the upcoming week. Some of these items you may already have around the house and do use those items first. I don’t want this to be about purchasing all new materials just for Mommy camp. I’m on a budget too so I know what it’s like!
So just what are these fine motor skills? Fine motor skills set the stage for things like writing, typing, tying shoes, sewing, cooking, etc. It really does set the stage for so many things.
Skills such as pinching, grasping, squeezing, stacking, and threading are just a part of the fine motor skill set.
Fine motor skills, like gross motor skills, are important but be sure to work on developing those gross motor skills first.
Some of the activities in the fine motor skills list may need to be modified or skipped all together depending on how old your toddler is. You know best, however, so use your judgment and adapt as needed.
From Happy Hooligans:
- Playdough and Pasta activity
- DIY Button Snake
- DIY Drop Box
- 10 Fine Motor Activities for Babies and Toddlers
From Hands on As We Grow:
From Mama OT:
And from Just Another Mom:
Other easy suggestions for fine motor skills also fall into the realm of easy art ideas. Things like coloring, using stamps, and finger painting also work on developing fine motor skills.
One of the best things about developing both fine and gross motor skills is that you can do a seemingly endless number of activities that are fun and hardly seem like work. Most also have minimal set-up which is definitely another plus in my book.