Montessori Fine Motor Activities and Free Printables

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Fine motor skills are so crucial for the child to learn to write. Maria Montessori also pointed out that the development of the fine motor is directly connected to the development of the brain. Many fine motor activities are practical and represent work that is usually done in real life.

Fine Motor Activities for Kids

This is the reason why it is quite simple for parents and teachers to create practical fine motor learning experiences – most of the time they use objects and things found at home and everyday items. Also, LEGO play and playdough and plasticine activities, painting, and drawing help children exercise their finger muscles. 

Fine Motor activities can be divided into several different types. Let’s have a look at some examples of matching, grading, and sorting. Simple grains, buttons, small manipulatives like beads, and marbles will do a great job. These types of activities always must be done with adults’ supervision as they can become a choking hazard.

Spooning and transferring are always loved by children. You often can spot gorgeous ceramic, wooden bowls and plates, small baskets, and jewelry boxes together with chopsticks and beautiful spoons used to make these activities more attractive. Generally, you can purchase many of these items in thrift shops and markets. Water fine motor exploration is also a lot of fun for kids. 

In addition, the metal insets, stencils, puzzle piece tracing, and art activities for kids – are a few more examples of different ways to develop and build fine motor skills.

Here are some examples of fine motor exercises you may like to practice with your students.

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 Screwing lids (source)

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Making designs with seeds and nuts (source)

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fine motor activities

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood teacher, the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 11 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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