August 8, 2017

Occupational Therapy: Fine Motor Development


Preschool is a busy time for your child’s fine motor developmental in order to prepare for kindergarten. Between the ages of 3-4 years old, your child should be able to do the following fine motor skills:

  • Build a tower with small blocks
  • Draw circle (may not be perfect)
  • Copy a cross (+)
  • Use playdough to form balls, snakes, etc.
  • Imitate you drawing a square
  • Start to hold a crayon with adult-like grasp.
  • Start to cut along a straight line
  • Feed him or herself with spoon and fork
  • Dress him or herself, but may need help with shirts and jackets

Fine motor development doesn’t need to be boring! Below are some creative ways to help your child develop fine motor skills in preschool.

Fine Motor Activities

Scissor activities: Cutting with scissors is an expected skill for kindergarteners. Encourage your children to practice cutting with children’s scissors at home. Place a sticker in the middle of the page, and have your child cut until they reach the sticker.  Here are a few free scissor cutting worksheets:

Combine fine motor with mathematics: As the old saying goes, kill two birds with one stone. By preschool your child is learning his or her numbers, so why not combine number learning with fine motor activities. First, write out numbers 1-10 on Popsicle sticks. Next, have your child add as many elastic rubber bands to each Popsicle stick to match the number

  • Color sort: Have your child pick up different colored pom poms with tweezers and color sort into labeled Dixie cups.
  • Legos:Legos are a fun way for children to manipulate small objects to develop strong grasping skills. Here is a great Lego Challenge for Beginners if your child is first learning to play with Legos.
  • Dot markers: These fun markers can help a child learn to grasp and use a writing utensil. Let them make up their own pictures with the markers or follow along in this coloring book.
  • Clothespins: Clothespins are so versatile to incorporate into fine motor activities. Lalymom explains 20 easy clothespin activities for fine motor developments. Most of the activities only need two materials!
  • Sunflower craft: For a last summer craft, check out this adorable sunflower craft. It combines scissor cutting, gluing, coloring, and manipulating small objects

If you noticed your child falling behind in fine motor development, contact Lumiere’s Children Therapy to consult with one of our occupational therapists.



“20+ Simple Hands On Activities That Help Build Fine Motor Skills.” You Clever Monkey, www.youclevermonkey.com/2016/04/fine-motor-skills.html.

Heffron, Claire. “Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers.” The Inspired Treehouse, 18 June 2017, theinspiredtreehouse.com/fine-motor-skills-activities-for-preschoolers/.

“Preschool Developmental Milestones.” Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre, www.kamloopschildrenstherapy.org/fine-motor-skills-preschool-milestones.

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