Providing your students (or children) with ample opportunities to use fine motor teaching tools is SO important for little learners. This one skill will serve as the foundation for handwriting. Here are the best fine motor teaching tools for your little learners. To see all of our favorite BEST TEACHING TOOLS post, click here.
Best Fine Motor Teaching Tools
Lakeshore’s Color Rings Sorting Board is a simple toy that will provide hours of fun. Little hands can create patterns, sort by color, and learn color words as they play.
Plan Toys is an innovative company that makes wooden toys using the wood from rubber trees that no longer produce rubber! This beautiful toy let’s children lace together the rings of the sheep using color coded beads inside. Pick up a Recycled Wood Lacing Sheep Toy for your little puzzle solver.
This bucket of 500 Learning Resources Link n Learn Links is not only great for practicing fine motor skills, but is also an excellent toy for sorting colors, counting, and creative play! These don’t take up much room either, which makes them excellent to take when traveling.
LINCOLN LOGS!! This classic toy is just as fun now as it was years ago, and it’s perfect for teaching preschoolers about building principles. Little fingers will love stacking the logs to make houses and castles.
With 5 different colors and 7 different shapes this bag of 30 Jumbo Toddler Lacing & Stringing Beads is another perfect learning tool. Kids can string the beads on the provided laces, make patterns, and sort shapes and colors. The bag makes cleanup easy too, which I love!
This set of Helping Hands Fine Motor Tools includes Gator Grabber Tweezers, Handy Scoopers, Twisty Droppers and Squeezy Tweezers. Each tool promotes different muscle movements and lets kids practice using their fingers together.
This is one of my favorites on this list! AWESOME Flakes are small, quarter sized disks that can snap together for endless combinations and designs. Made for ages 3+, even older kids will enjoy building and creating with these. Click through to see some of the other ways these can be used. So cool!
The Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Pad includes kid safe scissors and 20 pre-printed scissor activity pages. Preschool children can practice their scissor skills for hours with this pad! Melissa and Doug makes a bunch of these activity pads and they are all great to keep on hand for rainy days.
B. Toys’ B. A-Maze Loopty Loo is a beautifully designed bead racing toy that can be played with upright, or rolled on its side for extra fun! At only 8 inches tall, it’s perfect for storing/displaying on a playroom shelf.
Looking for a dynamic toy that can be played with by kids from babies to preschoolers? Fat Brain Toy Co Tobbles Neo fit’s that bill! The interesting shapes can be stacked, tilted, balanced on each other and then toppled over to begin again. Teaches physics concepts and enhances fine motor skills.
Children will boost fine motor skills and practice color sorting with the Sorting Colors Magnetic Maze. Use the attached magnetic wand to lead the marbles to their correct bucket! Great busy toy for car rides or waiting rooms.
Race to scoop the loops! The goal is to be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb, based on the order shown on a challenge card. This is not as easy as you think! Thumbs Up! Dexterity Game is an award winning children’s game for 2 to six players ages six and up. Parents will enjoy this game too!
Here’s another game that builds fine motor skills. Peaceable Kingdom Feed the Woozle is also an award winner. Children learn fine and gross motor skills, counting, and social development skills with no reading required. Designed for ages 3 through 6 – the kids will be able to play this game by themselves!
If you’re looking for a new travel activity, Bunchems Travel Easel is a great option! Bunchem’s are little grabby spheres that kids squish together to create 3-D sculpted art. This set comes with 150 Buchems, but other kits are available to keep the creativity going. This toy is excellent for tactile stimulation as well as fine motor practice.
The VTech Alphabet Activity Cube is an interactive learning cube that has five sides of fun to discover! Designed for ages 9 months to 3 years, the cube will grow with your child, as they will find new ways to use it as they get older. The building blocks and mechanical features included promote hand eye coordination, and the letter blocks promote early letter recognition.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden 27-Piece Lacing Beads are another great beading toy option. These wooden beads are painted with bright patterns and numbers and promote counting, shape recognition, hand-eye coordination and creativity.
ALEX Toys Little Hands Button Art comes with over 40 buttons and 10 pictures for hours of artistic fun. This toy is part of the Little Hands Skill Builder series designed for preschoolers to develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and creative thinking. Kids match the buttons with the pictures and snap them in to place! Lots of fun for little hands!
For ages two and up, this beginner set of Tall-Stacker Pegs by Lauri comes with a rubber pegboard and 25 tall pegs for endless stacking and building fun! This toy promotes fine motor skills and teaches colors and physics principles.
Magnetic puzzles are great toys for building fine motor skills, and puzzles by Melissa and Doug are the best you can buy! This Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Magnetic Bug Catching Game has kids moving the adorable bug puzzle pieces with a magnetic net. Little ones will love how interactive it is and be delighted when they get the pieces in where there belong.
How cool do these look?! AWESOME Clip Connect 100 Piece Interlocking Plastic Building Set is 100 BPA free plastic pieces that connect together in a variety of ways for endless hours of creativity and building. Kids and adults alike will enjoy creating with these!
I hope that you enjoyed these fine motor teaching tools and can find something for you to add to your classroom or home. Do you have any favorite fine motor teaching tools that are not on this list? If so, please share. I am always adding new gadgets to the list.