Fine motor practice for preschoolers is the best way to help little hands develop and strengthen. Your little ones will need strong muscles for everyday tasks such as getting dressed, tying shoelaces and learning to write. These 20+ fall fine motor activities will make learning so much fun this autumn season!
If you’re looking for more amazing autumn learning activities for kids, don’t miss our compilation of the best fall activities for preschoolers!
Fall Fine Motor Activities
Has it been long enough since I talked about playdough that I can talk about it again?? If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’m always on the lookout for playdough ideas for preschool! I love including them in almost all of my preschool lesson plans.
Play dough is such an excellent medium for working those fine motor muscles. And you’re in luck, because I have this playdough recipe without cream of tartar that is literally fool proof. It is such an easy playdough recipe. You don’t even have to cook it!
You can easily turn it into fall scented playdough by adding a few teaspoons of spices to the batch. That makes it extra fun for any kind of autumn fine motor activity with playdough.
FAQs About Fine Motor Activities
Practicing fine motor skills does not need to be complicated. Some easy activities such as play dough, painting, sponging, threading beads or buttons, simple sewing, water and sensory play are all great low-prep fine motor activities. These ideas are not only fun for toddlers and preschoolers but also great at hand strengthening and coordination.
When working with toddlers, fine motor activities need to be safe. Some ideas include playing with play dough, threading dry cereal o’s onto dry spaghetti stuck in play dough, or building with blocks. Drawing on paper or a vertical surface such as a chalk board is also a great idea for toddlers.
Fine motor practice activities are an important part of toddler and preschool development because fine motor skills are essential to most daily activities such as feeding and dressing oneself. Fine motor activities help kids with hand-eye coordination, hand strength and finger control, which are important skills for learning to write.
These fall themed fine motor practice activities for kids are a fun way to celebrate the season while learning important life skills. These fall activities for preschoolers incorporate pre writing skills, as well as literacy and math skills which make them great additions to your fall preschool lesson plans.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.