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A to Z of Budget Fine Motor Resources

July 2, 2017Rabbit Ideas

Fine motor activities are opportunities for young children to practice those fiddly tasks with small objects which help to develop their finger muscles. Why are fine motor skills important? Well, without them children may struggle to complete many tasks in everyday life; eat with a knife and fork, thread a jumbo needle, do up a button, or, indeed, write or make marks with a pen or crayon. Most children who are regularly exposed to these sorts of resources and activities pick up these skills in their own time. But it is always worth thinking about them when planning activities for children to do; “Is there a fine motor element we could add to this?” is a useful question to reflect on.

Fine motor tasks are so universal that they can easily be engineered into everyday play. Many children love loose parts play, where they get to tinker around with small objects and create patterns or collect them into colours, shapes and patterns. Using scissors to cut, a pen to draw or small wooden blocks to build all involve fine motor skills- these would all make a great start to a list of objects you could use at home or in a childcare setting.

Lots of the resources listed below will probably already be part of your resources. They can be picked up easily and cheaply. So here is an A-Z list; which ones are your favourites?

Animals (toy)

Beads

Coloured pasta

Dominos

Elastic bands

Felt boards

Glass beads

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Hammer

Ice

Jelly

Kinetic sand

Lolly sticks

Magnifying glass

Natural materials

Orange- peel one

Pipe cleaners

Q-tips

Rice

Sensory bin

Tweezers

Underwater sensory play

Velcro

Wooden letters

Xylophone

Yarn- weaving

Zips

I’d love to hear your ideas of what your most-used resources are and how you use them- please comment below!

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A-Z budget fine motor resources *Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links to products similar to ones we have used. If you purchase though the links, I may receive a small percentage of the profits to support the running of this blog. This will not affect the cost of the products to the buyer. 

*Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links to products similar to ones we have used. If you purchase though the links, I may receive a small percentage of the profits to support the running of this blog. This will not affect the cost of the products to the buyer. 

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Comments (15)

  • catherinestribs

    July 4, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Some really great ideas! I’ve used old milk bottles as shakers with rice in them and Old ribbons attached to them. My little girl loves anything that isn’t a toy so household stuff is great! #bigpinklink

    1. rabbitideas

      July 4, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Great ideas- uses up the recycling, too!

  • iamriversmum

    July 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Great ideas! I’m always looking for fine motor skills ideas for my son who has Down syndrome. Thanks!

    1. rabbitideas

      July 6, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Brilliant, glad to help! Thank you for reading.

  • Hannah Jane

    July 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Fab ideas!! We have so many of these just lying around the house but never would of thought of using them to help with my little ones fine motor development! Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

    1. rabbitideas

      July 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Brilliant, glad you found this useful!

  • Mummy and the Mexicans

    July 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    A useful list! My three-year-old was playing for hours the other day with some tiny seeds and water in toy plates and cups – all her own initiative and invention. Another thing she – bizarrely – enjoys is peeling cloves of garlic! #BloggerClubUK

    1. rabbitideas

      July 10, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Both of those sound like brilliant fine motor activities!

  • Hayley @Mission: Mindfulness

    September 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Please can we come to play at yours sometime?! You have such cool ideas for playing with supposedly ‘ordinary’ things! Thanks for joining us again at #thesatsesh

    1. rabbitideas

      September 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

      YES! By all means! 🙂

  • talkingmums1

    September 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I love the idea of jelly for messy play x
    #TheSatsesh

  • Helen aka Welsh Mum Writing

    January 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Great ideas. I’m always looking for motor and coordination games and toys for our little one. He’s very tactile and loves putting things together. Thanks for adding the amazon links too -makes it much easier and saves me searching ? #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny

      January 21, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Great- glad it is useful!

  • Sophie

    January 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Fun ideas! Thank you, #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny

      January 21, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Thanks for reading!

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