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Fine Motor

10 Activity Ideas to Build Finger / Hand Strength


  1. Playdough - Practice making balls, rolling playdough into snakes or creating people or animals. 
  2. Cotton Bud Painting - support your child's pincer grip ('quacky duck fingers') by painting with a cotton bud. 
  3. Threading - develop your child's hand-eye coordination. You can use threading cards or alternatively, punch holes in paper or card and thread shoelaces.
  4. Beads and Pipe Cleaners - use a pincer grip to slide beads onto pipe cleaners.
  5. Cutting - using scissors is a great way to build hand strength. If paper is too hard to cut, try cutting playdough.
  6. Sensory Tray Writing - pour flour, sand, sugar, glitter, mud onto a tray and encourage your child to write using their finger. You could also use a paintbrush or stick to make letters or pattern marks.
  7. Tweezers - use tweezers to transfer objects from one tray to another. 
  8. Pegs - encourage your child to use pegs to help you hang the washing up to dry or to clip onto different materials (e.g. paper, fabric).
  9. Scrunching Paper - scrunching paper into a ball is great for building hand strength! You could use newspaper, tissue paper, wrapping paper or regular paper. 
  10. Pipettes - use a cup of water and encourage your child to use the pipette to transfer the water from one cup to another. The squeezing motion will help build strength in your child's hand.