7 fine motor skills activities for toddlers that are great fun

October 18, 2019
  • 1 / 8

    Toddlers love tearing, pinching, poking and squeezing, which is why many parents think they’re forces of destruction around the home.

    But Coreen Soh, deputy general manager at The Little Skool-House International points out: “These actions are important fine motor skills that must be developed to improve their independence and dexterity.”

    Here’s how you can use everyday activities to help improve her fine motor skills.

    Load more
  • 2 / 8

    Get her assistance when removing sticky tape or price tags. Challenging but stimulating, activities that require her to help out with chores provide a sense of inclusion. Try this variation: She can repeatedly stick pieces of masking tape over price tags and removing them.

    Load more
  • 3 / 8

    Ask your kid to tear up junk mail or flyers before you discard them.

    Load more
  • 4 / 8

    Let her scrub old peanut butter jars clean using an old toothbrush, kitchen towel and some soapy water. It’s great for developing coordination in holding the jar and using the toothbrush.

    Load more
  • 5 / 8

    Sorting out laundry and pairing socks make good incidental learning, besides honing motor skills. Or ask her to help put away dry laundry by unpegging clothes from poles.

    Load more
  • 6 / 8

    Transfer ketchup or chilli sauce into soft squeeze bottles and allow her to help add sauce into the dip dishes during mealtimes.

    Load more
  • 7 / 8

    Attach bottle pumps to shampoo and body wash, and ask her to pump out the amount she needs during her bath.

    Related: 9 cute bath toys that teach your toddler important development skills

    Load more
  • 8 / 8

    Allow her to feed herself with a small portion from her own bowl while you alternate with feeding her from your bowl. The portion in her bowl should increase as her skill develops.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: Sensory activities for babies and toddlers: Play ideas and tips you must know

    Load more
mum of premature baby

True story: My child weighed just 850g, born prematurely at 26 weeks – and is a…

how to save money on baby

10 ways to avoid overspending on your baby: What every new parent should know

Life with a newborn and 2 primary school kids: A sleep-deprived mum’s confession

postnatal centre new mums sg

First look at Singapore’s luxury confinement centre Kai Suites, which costs $12k per stay

Is your child always angry? Here’s what to do

Latest stories

video kid-friendly guide admiralty park's playground

Video: Kid-friendly guide to Admiralty Park’s playground

when can child switch from formula to fresh milk

Fresh milk or formula for toddlers: Nutrition issues every Singapore parent should know

new mums sg

First postnatal check-up after giving birth: What you can expect

what to eat after giving birth new mums

Confinement recipe: Double-boiled whole coconut with black chicken soup

Jewel Changi Airport

This aviation-themed indoor playground at Jewel Changi Airport will keep your kids very busy