Early Skills

Activities to Develop Fine Motor Control and Hand Eye Co-ordination

There are lots of other fun activities that help children to develop the muscles in their wrists, hands and fingers without them even realising.  They will use all these muscles when they are writing, as well as core upper body muscles to maintain their posture.

  • Cutting and sticking
  • Rolling play-doh into long even sausages/worms
  • Drawing and colouring in
  • Tracing
  • Tearing up paper into little pieces
  • Wrapping a parcel
  • Threading treasury tags through hole-punched paper for filing
  • Dot-to-dot puzzles
  • Wind up toys
  • Playing with construction toys e.g. Lego, Knexx
  • Playing jacks
  • Dressing dolls
  • Chopping up food or a play-doh sausage with a knife and fork
  • Peeling a satsuma
  • Shelling peas or broad beans
  • Picking up pieces of raw pasta with a giant pair of tweezers
  • Opening bulldog clips
  • Threading nuts onto bolts
  • Manipulating coin from palm of hand to between thumb and forefinger
  • Banging nails into wood
  • Sawing
  • Pegging out socks on a clothes line
  • Playing card/board games
  • Threading beads on a string
  • Planting seeds
  • Doing jigsaw puzzles
  • Touching each finger on the right hand with the right thumb as quickly as possible, then repeating with the left hand
  • Making animals from plasticine (it is harder than play-doh so requires more effort)
  • Playing with glove or finger puppets
  • Making patterns or pictures on a peg board
  • Finger clicking
  • Mixing food in a bowl with a spoon
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Brain gym - Lazy 8s
  • iPad app Dexteria - to develop index/thumb pinching movement and finger stretching
  • Clapping games
  • Playing on a climbing frame/swing/slide
  • Egg and spoon race.