These fine motor activities for toddlers are so much fun.   If you’re looking for a resource of fine motor play ideas, this is it!

Inspired by Sugar Aunts, these activities are the perfect fun solution to learning and playing.

15 {Fun} Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers

15 {Fun} Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers

1.  Here’s a  painting activity  that is fun for young kids but also helps to build up those important hand muscles that they need to use in learning how to write.

2.  Toddlers will explore color while practicing their fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and cause and effect. This uses pipe cleaners and a recycled water bottle so set-up is easy to reproduce.

3.  Give your little ones a big pile of pom poms to pick up and push into an empty water bottle.

4.  Take an empty cardboard box and poke wholes all over for your toddlers to insert pipe cleaners into.  Great for concentration as well!

5.  A great way to introduce the rainbow to toddlers, this fine motor activity allows children to sort, manipulate, and concentrate, using crafting pom poms and an ice cube tray.

6.  Toddlers love sticking items to contact paper.  This craft introduces the easel to small children while encouraging fine motor skills – a great work of art is part of the process!

7.  These  simple sensory bags  focus on fine motor skills like pinching.

8.  Fine motor work can be found in the simplest play activities!  Toddlers will love using their pincer grasp to pull, peel, and crumble tape from a table surface.

9.  Scoop, pour, transfer, and dump nuts like almonds, walnuts and chestnuts for some indoor fun.

10.  This color match activity is so fun!  Kids love manipulating small beads, matching colors, and practicing their fine motor dexterity.

11.  Crumbling tissue paper is perhaps, the best fine motor exercise for small children.  Using the small muscles of the hand promotes strength, dexterity, and improved grasp.

12.  This play activity using Wikki Stix encourages tripod grasp, eye-hand coordination, and cause and effect for young kids.

13.  This simple fine motor activity just requires an empty cereal box and a straw that’s cut into pieces.

14.  Scooping, pouring, manipulating and so much more are addressed in this fun multi-sensory play activity for toddlers.

15.  One of the simplest ways to work on young children’s fine motor skills is to string beads on pipe cleaners.

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  1. FANTASTIC post! There are at least 5 or 6 things here that my little girl is going to LOVE trying out. Thank you, as always, for all the wonderful ideas. We really have so much fun recreating them at home 😉

  2. we took ping pong balls and drooped them into egg cartons… I buy 5 doz. eggs so it is a large area. I also found ping pong balls at Dollar Store with eyes (Halloween time) They stand on a chair and drop them over the back.. When Grand Children come over, they grab the items to play… Drop the eyeballs. 🙂 could use pom poms as well

  3. Hi,
    Nice activities. One word of caution as a retired day care director, anything that can pass through the toilet paper roll tube shouldn’t be handed to children under the age of 3 due to choking hazard. It is a day care licensing criteria in many states across USA. Enjoy your time with your young children.

  4. Holly,

    My son Caleb, special needs with cerebral palsy, tried picking the beads up yesterday. He had lots of fun. He was not able to put the beads on the spaghetti but I put it down into a mason jar. He just practiced picking the beads up and dropping them in it. I look forward to trying other fine motor skills with him.

    These skills are not only great for toddlers but for special needs kids and elderly people who need to regain fine motor skills.
    I pinned it and I am following you.
    Blessings, Diane Roark

  5. Wow! What a surprise to see so many visitors coming from your site. Thanks for putting together this round-up and sharing so many of our favorite posts with your readers! I’m truly honored!
    xoxo~ Colleen at Sugar Aunts