Fine Motor Skills & 25+ Fine Motor Activities For Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder 

What is fine motor? 

Fine motor skills are when children begin to learn how to use their muscles in their hands, wrists, and fingers. Children use their fine motor skills most when they are cutting paper with scissors, doing up buttons on their clothes, playing with blocks, picking up items with their hands, eating and also writing or coloring. 

There's so many fine motor activities for children to practice to develop fine motor skills. The more you have your child work on fine motor activities, the better their fine motor skills will become. 

Fine motor skills are very important for academics, self care and play time too because children need to be able to cut, draw, color and write, cut paper, zippers, buttons, belts, tying shoes, brushing teeth, brushing hair, using cutlery and playing with toys like building blocks too. 

If a child has poor fine motor skills they can always practice fine motor activities to improve their skills. If a child does not practice with fine motor activities they may not be able to accomplish everyday life tasks and may become limited and unable to develop life skills needed for independence. 

Fine motor skills develop when your child is using these small muscles for pressing, holding, grasping or using their finger and thumb to hold something. (pincer grip)

If a child is unable to use their fine motor skills they can get frustrated, get angry, have low self esteem, academic struggles and independence life skills.  

If you are concerned that your child is having fine motor difficulties, please consult with a Pediatric Occupational Therapist or an Occupational Therapist that specialises in Sensory Processing Disorder. 

1. Finger painting fine motor activity. 

2. Puzzles for fine motor activity. 

3. Legos or building blocks fine motor activity. 

4. Playing and squishing sensory dough fine motor activity. 

5. Cutting paper with scissors fine motor activity. 

6. Making bead necklaces fine motor activity. 

7. Stacking and sorting colorful blocks fine motor activity. 

8. Nuts and bolts fine motor activity. 

9. Wooden geo board and rubber bands fine motor activity. 

10. Stacking noodles on sticks in styrofoam fine motor activity. 

11. Glue seeds on paper, making crafts fine motor activity. 

12. Stringing buttons on a string fine motor activity. 

13. Rolling tissue paper and glue it on a picture fine motor activity. 

14. Pushing pegs into a peg board fine motor activity. 

15. Cutting, pressing and making art with clay to make a picture fine motor activity. 

16. Cutting, squishing, playing a creating with Kinetic sand fine motor activity. 

17. Looking for different colored beads in a bowl fine motor activity. 

18. Finding letters in noodles and spelling words fine motor activity. 

19. Looking for objects in sand or sensory bin fine motor activity. 

20. Using a dropper to mix food coloring fine motor activity. 

21. Sorting water beads by color fine motor activity. 

22. Making crafts that require kids tweezers or tongs. Picking up small items like marbles or pom poms with tweezers fine motor activity. 

23. Putting marbles in tubes fine motor activity. 

24. Using clothes pins to pick up and squeeze small items fine motor activity. 

25. Sorting marbles by color or playing sorting games fine motor activity. 

Sensory Processing Disorder Children's Fine Motor Tools & Toys 

Sensory Theraplay Monthly Box Subscriptions
*Toys to help develop important sensory motor skills, stimulate the senses & promote sensory integration
*Engage your child in FUN, therapeutic play!
*Items hand-picked by a licensed occupational therapist
*An instruction/ description card will be included in your box
*Boxes ship out the 1st week of each month! 

The Sensory Kid Store Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set
As children have fun playing, picking up objects, and squirting and sifting water, they are developing hand control and acquiring the skills needed for self-help and daily living needs.
Motor planning is also part of the play as children figure out how they need to move their hands and arms to pick up objects. It helps children develop stability and learn how to control parts of their body while other parts move.
Fine motor skills can also contribute to communication skills. Being able to write a note, use a computer, or draw a picture are all ways children communicate and they require fine motor skills. These Helping Hands Fine Motor Tools are the perfect set to prepare children for using and controlling their hands and fingers with purpose and precision.

OT Plan Skills In A Box
A child’s hand strength can affect the way they hold their toys, manipulate their utensils, how they write, how they zip up their jackets or tie their shoes, how they climb on the playground structure, and so much more.
Curated box by a pediatric occupational therapist filled with activities to promote hand strength.
The materials are in the box.
The plans are in the box.

The only thing left is to work… actually we should say PLAY on developing and promoting hand strength!

Using Wikki Stix as a tactile sensory toy will help create new opportunities for fun learning and the development of fine motor skills. Many children are tactile learners and need this hands-on involvement to become engaged in the learning process.
Soft and pliable, Wikki Stix tactile sensory toys can be used by small fingers for all kinds of fine motor skills and tactile activities…from learning to form letters and numbers to simple grip and finger strengthening exercises.

Therapy Shoppe Tongs and Tools Sampler Kit
This money-saving kit includes one of each of our most popular tong-type tools: Teeny Weenie Tongs, Skinny Mini Squeezers, Mighty Teeny Tongs, Skizzor Tongs, Zoo or Fish Sticks, Wooden Tongs, Wire Wizard, Squeezy Finger Dropper... plus an 80-pk of Glitter Pom Poms for sorting and placing fun! Our companion "Tongs and Tools Add-on Kit" is available separately below. Another exclusive Therapy Shoppe® sampler kit!

*Product styles and colors will vary.  Please note that substitutions may occasionally be necessary.

OT Plan Skills In A Box Promote bilateral coordination, a fundamental skill for engaging in both fine motor and gross motor activities such as dressing, using utensils, writing, and participating in sports.
A curated box of skills by a pediatric occupational therapist filled with fun activities.
The materials are in the box.
The plans are in the box.

The only thing left is to work… actually we should say PLAY on developing and promoting bilateral coordination!

Therapy Shoppe Mini Alligator Tongs
New!  Little ones will have a blast "chomping up" all kinds of things with these merry little 3-1/2" Mini Alligator Tongs!  These adorable tongs for kids feature a nice and sturdy design with built-in finger grips.  This neat fine motor skills toy come in assorted fun colors.  Fun for building pre-scissor skills, too!

My Sensory Tools Push n' Pop fidget
The frame is made of strong, high quality plastic  Push the brightly colored pillow of silicone in and out, over and over again.  Build fine and gross motor skills and a tactile, sensory-developing fidget that will last for hours. Push, poke, pop.

Learning Resources Avalanche Fruit Stand, Fine Motor/Grip Game, 42 Piece Set, Ages 3+
Help children develop fine motor skills, especially the all-important pincer grasp that prepares children for handwriting. Also reinforces color and fruit vocabulary. Perfect for teachers, specialists and occupational therapists. Includes 40 fruit counters, 2 tweezers, picture spinner, and adjustable cardboard stand.
Spin the wheel - then use the jumbo tweezers to pick or place fruit

Promotes fine motor skills, especially the pincer grasp

Sensory4u Sensory Buckle Pillow Fine Motor Development Toy Activity - Plus Threading Counting and Zipper Skills All in One
Sensory Activity Pillow. Cubic Activity Learning Toy with Zippers, Latches, Buckles, Laces, Snaps, Buttons and More - Perfect for Toddlers at Home, on Airplanes, Cars or Travel. Similar to sensory learning activity board or activity pillow or quiet book.Also a Great Therapy Toy for autistic and special needed children and kids. Perfect special education school supplies and supply 

Li’l Gen Water Beads with Fine Motor Skills Toy Set, Water Sensory Toy for Kids - Beads with 2 Scoops and Tweezers for Early Skill Development  
With our new sensory water beads set, we aim to engage kids with colors, textures, and imagination. Our scoopers and tweezers promote hand-eye coordination, while the attention-grabbing colors encourage matching, sorting, and mixing.
In addition to promoting skills, the texture and feeling of the water beads foster feelings of calm and relaxation amongst children. These sensory balls and tools are great for autism or autistic children and other kids and toddlers that need help with hand eye coordination, sensory and/or fine motor skills

Basic Fun Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic Toy, Gift for Girls and Boys, Ages 4+
Create art with light using Lite-Brite - the fun and nostalgic toy in a new, improved version with a bigger screen and more pegs! Inspired by the classic 1980's Lite-Brite toy, this Ultimate Classic version includes 6 design templates, more than 200 colorful pegs and a bigger, brighter screen that measures 8.125" wide by 6.875 " high. Create beautiful art using templates or your own imagination with new, round pegs designed to shine brighter than ever! This retro-inspired white unit has built-in LED lights, round 1" long pegs, and 6 design templates. Press the button on the front of the unit to be mesmerized by a light show of your artwork with 4 different light modes! Great for developing hand/eye coordination and inspirational for people of all ages. 

My Sensory Tools Cupcake Match up game
Develop fine motor skills: match the colorful cupcake tops to their bottoms
Play and Learn: Improve color and shape identification
Discover: Cupcakes pull apart to reveal shapes
Set includes - plastic pan and eight 2-part cupcakes

Educational toy for ages 18 mos+

Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie, Fine Motor Toy, Early Number, Patterns, 68 Pieces, Grades Pre-K/Ages 3+
Make learning early number skills, including counting, as easy (and fun) as pie. Sorting cards go on the bottom of the pan to provide visual cues that support success. The top crust becomes a bowl to conveniently hold counters. Jumbo Tweezers reinforce fine motor skills. 68-piece set.
Fruity pie teaches early number skills, patterning, problem solving and visual processing and more

Jumbo tweezers reinforce fine motor skills and sorting cards provide visual cues that support success 

The Sensory Kid Store Melissa & Doug Cutting Food - Wooden Play Food
Imaginary play is a crucial developmental stage. It’s the stage in which all children begin to develop an understanding of the world around them, and learn to safely navigate those surroundings through imitation, practice and exploration. It’s also a foundation for basic social and language skills.
This wooden play food set is perfect for young chefs looking to explore a little mealtime fun--without the mess! It includes eight pieces of wooden food that can be sliced into 27 sections, a cutting board, and a wooden knife. Cutting the food makes a satisfying "crunch"--and provides a playful introduction to concepts of "whole," "part," and fractions.
Pretend Play, Interactive Play and
Fine Motor Skills. 

Fine Motor Skills Toys - 50 Jumbo Lacing Beads for Toddlers and Kids - Color Sorting Toy
Get back to basics with this classic lacing toy that inspires learning, creativity, & fine motor skill development. The large, chunky plastic beads and easy to handle strings are blazing with color — and just right for curious little hands!

Want to encourage your toddler's learning and development without skimping on the fun? 3 Bees and Me Jumbo Linking Beads is a timeless toy for preschoolers and toddlers that delivers hours of engagement while helping your child cultivate essential skills. 

Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard Early Learning Educational Toys for Boys & Girls
Mushrooms nail is designed for preschoolers to develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and creative thinking. It also comes with a wide storage tray to keep everything together. All your child has to do is match and snap the chunky buttons to complete the pictures. The pictures include a frog, bird, house, tree, truck, ladybird, fish, and more, all perfect for little ones learning how to use their creativity. Pick everything up and place back into the wide storage tray for a fast and easy cleanup. 

Toddler Fine Motor Skill Toy, Clamp Bee to Hive Matching Game, Montessori Wooden Color Sorting Puzzle, Early Learning Preschool Educational Toy
This educational kids toy for visual motor and fine motor skills practice children hand eye coordination. toddlers learning toys for 3 year old are a great resource for home and kindergarten.
Infants under the age of 3 can use fine motor skills toy set to identify colors and shapes and use them with their parents. Preschool babies improve their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills development, training small hand strength to learn to count, picking, grip and basic math knowledge.
Great for fine motor skill and imaginative play!
Stacking Peg Board Toy Set | Jumbo Pack | Montessori Occupational Therapy Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers and Preschooler. 
It’s never too early to help your child strengthen his / her skills; be it motor, visual or creativity. PEG BOARD SET TOY will help strengthen your child’s skills, whether it’s for special needs, needing extra intervention or just for any kind of preschooler and toddler. Number skills, by counting the different colors of the peg pieces
Coordinating Your child will learn how to coordinate his board, with the different colors, creating different patterns
strengthening fine motor skills-your child will be busy picking up, and placing the pegs directly in the holes of the board. 

Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up Counting Toy Set, Fine Motor 
Squeeze Play Squeeze in even more early learning fun by picking up the muffins using the included Squeezy Tweezers to build fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Early Childhood Learning Resources offers a huge selection of early learning toys and games to help children develop key skills through play. We have toys that promote alphabet awareness, shape and color recognition, fine motor skills, imagination, and more! 

Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun Activity Set, Fine Motor Toy, 65 Pieces, Ages 3+
Strengthen fine motor muscles with a game. These frogs are hungry, so roll the dice to determine which flies to eat. Reinforces colors, numbers, counting and sorting. Includes 2 durable rubber frogs, 60 flies, 1 number cube, 1 color cube and activity guide.
DEVELOP FINE MOTOR SKILLS: Reinforce numbers, counting, and color recognition while strengthening fingers and hands

IMPROVE: Strengthen fingers, hands and the important pincer grasp 

Learning Resources Take 10! Color Bug Catchers, Fine Motor Skills, For 2-4 Players, Ages 3+
Kids build basic color identification, counting, sorting, and fine motor skills in just 10 minutes. Features multiple game play options for 2-4 players that all take under 10 minutes. Includes colorful bugs, tweezers, dice, and storage bucket.
BUILD fine motor skills and reinforce, counting, color identification, sorting and more
Each Take 10 game has multiple game-play options that all take under 10 minutes to complete

Short game-play cycles and simple instructions are perfect for little attention spans. 

Wooden Lacing Watermelon Threading Toys Wood Block Puzzle Travel Game Early Learning Fine Motor Skills Montessori Educational Gift for 1 2 3 Years Old Toddlers
A great skill building toy! How big and chunky it is, it's the perfect size for little hands to easily manipulate. Vibrant colors catch the eye. Simple but captivating toy when traveling a distance. The skill of lacing and unlacing in the multiple holes using the threader will definitely increase the dexterity of little hands.
Made of high quality wood, from nature and healthy wood, non-poisonous, safe, wear-resistant and durable, unlike other cheaper material wood. perfect for kiddos to use for a fine motor activity.

Fine Motor Development: 30 inches long string, very easy to thread and unthread. It provided lots of entertainment and was easy/light to pack. Good for eye - hand coordination and developing fine motor skills. 

14 Pack Jumbo Nuts Bolts Matching Eggs Fine Motor Skills Toys Set Toddlers. 
A hands-on introduction to the basics of learning and development! step into the world of gross motor skill development, shapes and colors, patterns, math skills for boys and girls and more with this kids construction set.
Your kids will love these fidgets toys. 
This threading, stacking and screw toy is the best fine motor manipulative toy is for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, occupational therapy clients and even elderly patients who need to strengthen their fine motor skills.

The benefits are endless: from counting, sorting, math materials and fine motor development to matching and twisting each piece, this nuts and bolts toys for kids is ideal for every little one to gain the essential life long skills

Skoolzy Linking Math Manipulatives Learning Toys - 120 Rainbow Math Links Counters with Tote & Preschool Learning Activities eBook
This 120 rainbow colored mathematics linking toy is great to use for fine motor skills games. The connecting toys are fun for kids to learn pre-math skills, sorting, color recognition or occupation therapy as they link the pieces together to form chains or to do basic addition or subtraction. Can be used with our Skoolzy rainbow train as educational tools for preschool and toddlers.

The kids motor skills toys includes a storage tote to easily transport your math links for mathematics games while on the go!