Helpful Resources:

  • Fine Motor Activities for Home

    • Please refer to the following activities to increase fine motor skills while at home. 

      Remember to let your child do as much of the activity/task as possible and help only when absolutely necessary.  Keep the activities light and fun!


      1. For promoting appropriate pencil grasps use the child's favorite coloring pages or characters:

      • Using shorter pencils
      • Using broken 1-2" crayons
      • Coloring activities with shorter crayon


      2. Pre- scissoring skills include:

      • Using tweezers to pick up small items
      • Using a turkey baster to blow cotton balls
      • Tape paper on a vertical surface to encourage student to cut in an upright direction or tape the top end of paper to a table and cut along
      • Glue paper on a CD and teach child to cut around while turning the CD to practice cuttitng around a circle
      • Use squeeze or spray bottles to encourage the opening and closing of hands for scissoring (Clenaning tables spray and wipes)


      3. For cutting:

      • Begin cutting skills with materials that require a snip only (i.e. straws, card stock paper into 1" strips, Play-Doh, Fruit roll-ups, Licorice)
      • Progress to contruction paper that is 1-2" across.  Construction paper is easier to hold than regular paper as it is more sturdy
      • Progress and grade activity by cutting across 1", 2", 4" and then 6".
      • Vary the thickness of the line they have to cut on from 1" thick to 3/4" and 1/2" thick line
      • Start with the straight lines, than progressing to curved lines, S-curved and then zigzag lines and eventually square and circle


      4. Openng and closing: Any activitiy that allows the child to open and close his/her hands into a fist or a pinch.  

      • Clothespins, Tweezers, spray bottle, Eye droppers, or Turkey baster, silly putty
      • Crumpling up the paper and shooting baskets
      • Playdough, clay play
      • Sress balls and squishy balls


      5. To increase translation of objects:

      • Stringing beads or lacing cards
      • Playing with cards
      • counting coins and small manipulatives
      • Putting large coins in a piggy bank
      • Pegboards


      6. Encourage opposition of the thumb

      • Unbuttoning and buttoning large buttons
      • Unzipping (put things in Ziploc baggies for children to open and close such as snacks)
      • Lacing edges of paper plates
      • Clip clothespins on and off the edge of a can
      • Pegboards
      • Blowing bubbles
      • Fingerplays (songs with hand movements)


      7. To encourage bilateral hand use:

      • String beads
      • Beating two sticks
      • Large puzzles
      • Push-pull toys
      • Locking toys: Legos, pop-up bead
      • Winding: yarn, wind-up toys, kites
      • Pouring from jug toa glass: pour sand, rice, beans, water
      • Ripping newspaper, tearing paper
      • Folding paper
      • Opening/closing containers: bottle, container

     Useful links:

    -District OT resources: OT Resources

    -Shoe tying instructions: Shoe Tying Strategies