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Fine motor development is essential to everyday life in the future. When we talk about fine motor skills, we are talking about the ability to control and coordinate the movement of the small muscles of the hands, fingers, and eyes. They keep being developed over time as we experience and train them more. We show you a few of the best fine motor skills toys here but you should know that you can help with the development with things you already have at home, too.
A few everyday household items and things you can use to strengthen fine motor skills:
- Opening and closing boxes with lids
- Pouring liquid or sand from one cup into another
- Drawing with pencils
- Using scissors to cut out shapes
- Getting dressed – closing and opening buttons, zippers, or velcro
Below are our favorite toys we’ve seen popular among kids and parents that help further develop those skills.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench
We LOVE this toy for young children! It is great for hand eye coordination and demonstrating cause and effect. When one peg goes down the one across that is connected goes up.
Melissa & Doug also is one of our go-to brands because no toy we ever bought from them has disappointed in quality.
Clamp Bee to Hive Matching Game
Scissor and Tape Activity Books Set
As we mentioned, the use of scissors is a great way of working on fine motor skills. The scissor skill book comes with safety scissors that can be used by preschoolers. The tape book can be reused as the tape comes off the pages again.
It takes time and focus but it is perfect for a travel day or when going somewhere where there isn’t much entertainment for kids.
Screwdriver Board Set
Wooden Threading Toy
Build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills with this toy! The sturdy montessori toy set is perfect for little hands helping the caterpillar through the apple and melon. The cheese block has a some different angles to put the thread through! Kids can create different patterns every time.
Sensory Busy Board
This sensory board is great for young toddlers and their little hands to keep them busy on a car ride or on a plane! Velcro, zippers, buttons. So many things to open, close and learn to use finger muscles.
It makes a great gift for families that travel a lot and while we’re at it help with fine motor skill development.