Acquiring fine motor skills is a major developmental milestone for children which is why it’s so important to create an environment that fosters this kind of learning. How? Appropriate toys and activities. Remember – children learn through play and “doing.”
What kinds of toys help build children’s fine motor abilities?
Toys and activities that can help your child build fine motor skills include:
- coloring, and a lot more!
Manipulative skills allow little fingers to develop hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, visual perception, critical thinking skills and more. Children explore the sensory properties of objects (size, shape, color, texture, weight, sound) when they play with manipulative toys.
Here are some great manipulative toys to help your child develop their fine motor abilities. They are great toys that teach learning skills and would be equally happy as an in-home toy or at a Montessori school.
Sorting, Stacking & Shape Recognition Toys to Build Fine Motor Abilities
A classic Montessori activity! Children are given wooden tiles and they put their hand into the bag (no peeking!) to find the matching shape.
Rubberwood cubes or cylinders that nest together so kids can explore spatial relations, they also stack promoting fine motor and shape recognition tools. Also as each of the shapes decrease in size the colors go from bold to pastel teaching kids color differences.
Helps develop shape recognition, size progression and color matching. Twenty shaped pieces fit into an extra wide base. Shaped pieces are the same color but are five different sizes to they can be sorted by size and color.
A great toy for in-home play or classroom. Perfect for color, counting, sorting and imaginative play. Includes six different color barns with opening door and plexi windows, 6 purple chickens, 5 blue geese, 4 green pigs, 3 yellow sheep, two orange cows and one red horse. Each barn has an animal shaped opening so kids can put the orange cows back in the orange barn. Activity guide included.
A classic toy to help build early counting and sorting skills. Kids can sort shapes and place them on the pegs. Each shape comes in 4 colors to help develop hand-eye coordination.
One of my favorites – 28 wooden dominoes have textured circles for matching. Great for developing tactile discrimination and visual perception. When played as a game it’s a good way for kids to learn to take turns and improve sorting sequencing activities.