Three Fun Ways to Improve Kids Fine Motor Skills and Self Confidence

Build Your Child’s Confidence & Self-Esteem For Life


The art of grasping, releasing and movement of an object from one place to another involves good hand-eye coordination and lots of determination.

Using fun and engaging activities is one of the best ways to develop your child’s fine motor skills. Without these essential everyday skills, children fall behind and their confidence levels plummet.

It can also cause social inadequacy and independence issues.

Kids love to learn through play so doing fun activities with them is one of the best ways to tune up their fine motor skills.

Starting this from an early age enables children to do activities such as writing and tying their shoelaces with ease later on in life.

Here are 3 activities you can do in the comfort of your own home and your kids will love!

Activity 1 – Make a pipe cleaner colander

All you need for this one is a large colander (one with big holes) and a pack of coloured pipe cleaners. Then start threading!

Show your child how to loop the pipe cleaners through the holes and how to thread from hole to hole. This will keep your little one entertained for a while. You can also add in some colour matching and counting to get their brains really ticking!

Activity 2 – Pom Pom drop with tweezers

This activity involves a little more work but is guaranteed to be lots of fun!

What you’ll need: 5 or 6 long tubes of cardboard (from a wrapping paper roll), some coloured paints, an empty box, a pack of pom poms and some child-friendly tweezers.

How to do it:

  1. – Paint each of the tubes a different colour and leave to dry.
  2. – Once dried, place the tubes in the box, leaning them against the side for support.
  3. – Fill the box with coloured pom poms.
  4. – Using the tweezers, get your child to pick up a coloured pom pom and drop it down the matching coloured tube.
  5. – When they’ve finished, get your child to count all the pom poms as they fall out of the bottom of the tube.

Activity 3 – Cotton bud painting

This activity is fantastic for developing the pincer grip and hand-eye coordination.

All you’ll need is some coloured paints and cotton buds.

Pour the paints into a tray (ice cube trays work really well) and pop a cotton bud into each colour.

Teach your child how to paint a picture using dots and swirls. Mixing colours is also fun!

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