Fine Motor: Paint Stick Paint Chip Color Match Up

Paint Stick Color match
Say it three times really fast with me!
“Paint Stick paint Chip Color Match up!”
“Paint Stick paint Chip Color Match up!”
“Paint Stick paint Chip Color Match up!”

Whew! It’s not easy. Let’s get to it then shall we. Fine motor workouts are a must for preschool age kids. Getting them ready for all the necessary intricate movements they will need to take part in such as buttoning and zipping up clothes and using a pencil to write. The pinching and grasping motion is so helpful in strengthening those tiny but very important muscles.
What I love about this project is that it is basically FREE!
Visit your local paint or hardware store and peruse the paint chip aisle. Pick out a rainbow of paint chips and on your way out ask for a paint stick or two or three (They always come in handy), Super simple and FREE!
Once you are home get to work, I cut off about and inch off each paint chip
I used hot glue but you can use glue of your choice, glue a section of each paint chip to the paint stick and make a corresponding clothespin with the same color paint chip glued on.
on some paint sticks there is a ruler on one side and the other side with have other info usually store name etc. Ilike to glue on the store name. You never know when you might need another ruler around so keep it visible.
To set up for the project I used a tray to place the paint stick on and a bowl with the colored clothespins in it. Then let the children match up.
Materials Needed:
Paint Stick
Paint Chips
glue ( I use hot glue)
clothespins (If you don’t already have some I buy mine at the Dollar Store)
That’s it Easy Peasy Lemon Squeeezy!

Fine Motor: Color tape Pull

Fine Motor
color tape pull
Fine Motor skills are strengthened through different techniques. One that is rarely utilized is pinching with pulling. Pinching itself is a pretty common technique but with the addition of resistance and pulling it brings it to a whole new level of functionality.
This is one of the simplest projects to set up. Almost all kids absolutely love this project. If you have a child who is exceptionally sensitive to stickiness they might not be a fan. I would still set this up and see if you can coax them into trying this out.
Materials Needed:
Colored masking tape
a tray or just place the tape directly on a table
a place to put the tape once it has been pulled off we used a plastic container lid we have used small paper plates as well


When this project is all done the scrunched up tape on the plate is its own art we usually hang them up on a bulletin board.

Fine Motor: Scoop and Move

scoop and moveIMG_20160403_094444044A while ago I bought a bunch of beans. We have used them in so many ways. Mostly the kids love having them in their sensory tables. Every now and then though it is fun to use them in ways the kids didn’t really expect. This is one of those ways. This simple project strengthens childrens fine motor skills. It also works their hand eye coordination, spatial awareness and problem solving skills.

IMG_20160403_094532147Materials Needed:

something to sort I used different size beans buy you could use pompoms, bird seed, or anything else you can think of
small bowls for the items
I use measuring teaspoons in 1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp sizes but you could use regular spoons
ice cube tray or egg carton

IMG_20160403_094539537there will be spillage but that is part of the fun. They can use their fingers later to scoop up the spilled beans


IMG_20160403_094557175children will decided what they want to do here. This is part of the problem solving skills they are developing. Do they want to have each compartment have a different bean in it, do they want to make a pattern, or maybe they want to layer the beans, or maybe just mix everything together and enjoy that way. There is no right or wrong here. Each kid will do something different that is right for them. That is why these projects are so much fun. You can see how each child decides to explore the project infront of them.



IMG_20160403_094622969ou can see the little mess around the bowls. its part of the fun and the tray will work to keep most of it contained.

IMG_20160403_094636406Egg cartons work great, ice cube trays, anything that has separate compartments. Like this ice cube tray that is a little different below.





Fine Motor: Pool Noodle Threading

Materials Needed:
Pool Noodle cut into 1 inch pieces
Tray or basket
Setup and let kids thread pool noodles and make a pool noodle necklace!


Mega Blocks at the Sensory Table

We added Mega Blocks to the Sensory table and the kids loved it. They built boats and they used the blocks to pour water from one area to the next.
Using the Mega Blocks and adding building to our sensory table was a fun change and the kids had a blast. We will definitely be adding megablocks, duplo’s and lego again.
We did try having the kids build under water to make it a different experience which was fun too. They built submarines for a while.