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Fine Motor


Fine motor skills are small muscle movements of the fingers in coordination with the eyes. We need to develop the strength and dexterity of these small muscles to enable your child to hold a pencil confidently, manipulate a computer or tablet or even play a musical instrument.


You can encourage your child to develop these skills through your everyday activities, such as, doing buttons and zips when getting dressed, setting the table and pouring juice.


Fine motor skills can also be developed through play. Here are some suggestions for learning through play at home:



Playdough is great for developing fine motor skills. You can roll, smooth, pat, pound and squeeze. Tools like lollysticks, stamps, rolling pins, extruders and cutters.

Threading and lacing

Threading is a good way to develop hand-eye coordination. 

  • Why not thread buttons, beads or even penne pasta onto pipe cleaners, string, shoe laces, dried spaghetti, ribbon, wool. Can you make a repeating pattern?

  • If you don't have any beads you could make salt dough beads (just make sure that you make a large hole in them before cooking) or you could make different animals/numbers/letters/something decorative for the house:  

  • Use wool, string, ribbon or string which you have painted/coloured yourself to wind around a shape/letter/number outline.

  • Colander threading - thread pipe cleaners, wool, etc. into an upturned colander.



To practise a tripod (3-finger) grip for writing, pegs are great. 

  • Could your child help you peg the washing out?

  • Or they could use these in their play ‘washing’ and pegging out doll clothes (or even their own socks!).

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