Here are my top 15 fine motor toys and resources that I would recommend for all parents, teachers and child-carers who are playing alongside preschool to school aged children. They are perfectly child-sized and appropriate, can be used for countless open-ended ways in play and learning activities and are just fantastic for developing those all important fine motor skills and strengthening hand muscles, co-ordination and control.
I often get asked about the tools and resources that we use in many of our art, play and learning activities that I post regularly on this blog, so I decided to pop all of our favourites into one collection that you can find in one place and bookmark for future reference. Try asking family and friends to give some of these as Christmas and birthday gifts as they all come highly recommended and are plenty of fun, as well as being so helpful for development.
Simply click on each PHOTO to take you directly to the Amazon link for each one. Hope this list is helpful!
Brilliant for picking up and transferring small items and incorporating into games.
Lovely for all creative art projects when used with liquid watercolours and great for water play and early science too.
Fantastic in sensory tubs and for free play and exploration with dry sensory materials.
Wooden threading mouse and cheese
A wonderful threading game that seems so much fun and is a great way to introduce early lacing skills.
Coloured, jumbo wooden threading beads with strings
So versatile and fantastic for all colour sorting, counting, pattern making and, of course, threading.
Sorting Pie and Tweezers
A gorgeous ready-made fine motor and sorting skills toy that has SO many different ways to play!
A clever and fun interactive puzzle board which is great for introducing all those everyday latches and sliders.
So great for construction and require lots of concentration and fine motor control as pieces need rotating and slotting together.
Building gears set
A really unique construction set with opportunities for developing scientific thinking as well as those motor skills.
Design and drill kit
Such a clever design and appealing design for little hands and so much fun! Great for hand: eye co-ordination.
Sort and Match Peg Board Pictures
These have been a favourite with my girls and all visiting kids for years now! Really great for pushing in and pulling out and developing hand strength in the process.
Lacing Shape Cards
Classic early lacing/ sewing cards which are durable and interesting shapes.
Bascis Skills Board
This is a lovely puzzle from Melissa and Doug which aids the practise of buckles, buttons, snaps and tying laces.
PlayMags Magnetic Building shapes
Hands down, one of the best construction toys I ever bought my kids and wish I’d got years earlier. These are magnetic tiles which require care and control to join together and lots of use of the pincer grasp to move pieces around.
Magnetic Go-Fish Puzzle
Another classic, and for good reason. There are lots of concentration and hand: eye co-ordination skills involved in this magnetic fishing game, plus they always love it so much!
Now take a look at our FINE MOTOR SKILLS ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS post for more ideas!
And FINE MOTOR SKILLS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS here too.
Here are the FINE MOTOR ARCHIVES for yet more ideas!
Here is my Fine Motor Skills Pinterest board to follow too, for more ideas collected from talented folk around the web!
Follow Anna @ The Imagination Tree’s board Fine Motor Skills Activities on Pinterest.
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