Forcing kids to do fine motor is rarely successful. At least not with my kids. If I bring out a forced fine motor activity, my kids turn away, slump down, make excuses.
Because it’s hard. And hard stuff isn’t fun.
I get it. Working those little finger muscles is important – it helps build strength for handwriting as they grow. But, especially when there’s a delay, fine motor can be So. Hard.
Want the secret? Turn it into a game. It works. Every time.
Enter the fine motor monster– add this to your list of playful fine motor activities. It’s especially fun at Halloween. A not-so-spooky way to work on hand muscle strength and hand eye coordination!
Make Your Fine Motor Monster
- cardboard tube (cut a paper towel roll or wrapping paper roll or use a toilet paper tube)
- hole punch
- googly eyes (either the ones with adhesive or grab some glue)
- pipe cleaners – the more colorful the better!
1- Punch holes into the cardboard tube. My older son did this, but with my younger guys they just told me where they wanted the holes, as the cardboard was a little too thick for them to press through.
2- Stick the googly eyes wherever you want! The more the monster-ier!
3- Draw on the nose(s) and mouth(es).
4- Grab the pipe cleaners. Let your little guys use the pipe cleaners to make tons of monster arms! Place the pipe cleaners in, out, through, and around the holes you punched. Because pipe cleaners are super bendy there are lots of ways to play with them: simply stick them into the holes, weave the pipe cleaners in and out, twist them, make them wave.
More playful fine motor ideas
When you are working on fine motor skills, the more playful ideas you have the better! Here are some of our favorite (click the pictures or the link to check them out!):
- Our I Spy eBook! – 60 games you can print and play, with lots of ideas to incorporate fine motor skills.
- Fine Motor Monsters – weave pipecleaners to create an adorable monster.
- Dinosaur Letter Stomp – a quick activity for prewriters (plus, it uses dinosaurs!)
- Create a Clothespin Flower – colorful game working those pinching fingers.
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