15 Fun OT Activities to Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills

As a parent, you want your child to develop strong fine motor skills to help them with everyday tasks like writing, using cutlery, and getting dressed.

Luckily, Kids First’s experienced occupational therapists have plenty of fun activities that can help improve your child’s hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity, and grip strength.

Here are 15 activities that our team says are perfect for improving the fine motor skills of children aged 4 to 10…

Occupational Therapy activities to do at home to improve children's fine motor skills

15 favourite at-home activities from our OTs

  1. Threading beads or pasta onto a string to make jewelry.

  2. Squeezing a stress ball or clay to create cool shapes

  3. Building towers, houses -and in fact anything! – with Lego bricks

  4. Tearing paper into small pieces and sticking them onto paper to make a picture or collage

  5. Playing with Play-Doh using rolling pins, cookie cutters, and shapes to make different designs

  6. Sorting small objects like buttons or beads into piles that are similar in colour, shape, or size

  7. Finger painting – the messier the better!

  8. Using clothes pegs or tweezers to pick up small cotton balls (this is even more fun when it’s a race)

  9. Cutting with ‘crazy’ craft scissors that make creative lines and shapes

  10. Tracing shapes in sand or shaving cream

  11. Make a bridge out of blocks and then seeing if it can support the weight of a toy car.

  12. Stringing popcorn onto a string

  13. Making a collage with lots of colourful stickers

  14. Drawing a maze on a piece of paper and using a magnet to navigate a toy car through it.

  15. Playing with jigsaw puzzles
At home OT activities to improve fine motor skills

What fine motor skills do these activities promote?

According to Kids First’s occupational therapists, each of these activities requires the use of fine motor skills and can help improve your child’s coordination, dexterity, and grip strength.

Threading beads or pasta onto a string, for example, helps children develop their hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity as they grasp and thread the objects.

Meanwhile, activities like squeezing a stress ball or clay help improve grip strength, which is essential for tasks like writing and using utensils.

Other activities, like cutting with scissors or tracing shapes, help improve hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity. These skills are crucial for performing everyday self-care tasks like buttoning clothes or tying shoelaces with precision and accuracy.

Playing with Play-Doh or finger painting, on the other hand, can help children develop their creativity and fine motor skills simultaneously. By manipulating the material with their fingers and hands, children can improve their grip strength, dexterity, and coordination while also engaging in imaginative play.

Remember to provide your children with age-appropriate materials and supervise them during these activities to ensure their safety.

At home occupational activities for kids

Practice makes perfect

Ultimately, incorporating activities like into your child’s weekly routine can help them develop strong fine motor skills that will serve them well in all aspects of life.

So the next time your child is looking for something fun to do, suggest one of these fine motor skill activities and watch them grow in confidence and learn new skills!

How can an occupational therapist help your child?

If your child is struggling with fine motor skills, occupational therapy can be an incredibly helpful resource. Here’s why:

  1. Specialised support: Occupational therapists have experience in working with children who have fine motor challenges. A paediatric OT will take the time to assess your child’s abilities, develop a customised plan for therapy, and work with your child to help them improve their fine motor skills
  2. Personalised treatment: Occupational therapy is all about meeting your child’s unique needs. Your son or daughter’s therapist will create a plan that takes into account your child’s strengths and challenges, and adjust it based on their progress.

  3. Play-based therapy: Occupational therapy is often designed to be fun and engaging for kids. Your child will get to play games and enjoy activities that help them develop their fine motor skills in a way that feels like play, not work.

  4. Long-term benefits: Fine motor skills are essential for many everyday activities, from writing and drawing to buttoning shirts and using a knife and fork. By improving your child’s fine motor skills, you’re helping them achieve greater independence and confidence to live their best life.

OT at home - activities for children to improve their fine motor skills

Get occupational therapy help for your child now

Kids First’s experienced occupational therapists are located in Sydney’s northern beaches and have helped hundreds of children improve their fine motor skills so that they can write, play and enjoy increased independence.

Contact us on 9938 5419 to find out how we can help your child solve their fine motor skills problems.

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