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Winter Fine Motor Activities

Looking for winter fine motor activities that boost the skills kids need? These fine motor ideas develop the skills that kids need for tasks like handwriting, pencil grasp, cutting with scissors, managing clothing fasteners, and more. You'll find winter activities that boost hand strength, grasp, precision and endurance in the hands...all through play! We've even got free arctic animal fine motor worksheets for you, so scroll on! 

First, stop by our fine motor skills library for tons of ideas to work on the motor skills kids need.

It has been fun sharing winter activities this week! If you missed any of the posts, be sure to check them out below. We've talked about indoor recess ideas for winter, brain break ideas, and activities to address bilateral coordination skills, and even mindfulness! You will have ideas for a season of development!

Check out the Winter Activities on the site this week: 

Monday- Indoor Recess Ideas

Tuesday- Winter Brain Break Ideas

Wednesday- Winter Bilateral Coordination Activities

Thursday-Winter Mindfulness Activities

Friday- Winter Fine Motor Activities (TONS of  Free Printables!)


Now on to today's topic, fine motor activities!




These winter fine motor activities can help kids develop the hand strength and fine motor skills needed for every day tasks, all with a winter theme.


Winter Fine Motor Activities

This beaded snowflake craft from Early Learning Ideas encourages bilateral coordination, separation of the sides of the hand, precision, in-hand manipulation, and a tripod grasp...with pretty results!

Use paper hole reinforcers to improve precision and dexterity by forming letters and names like Fun-a-Day did. 


We used those same hole reinforcer stickers to make a fine motor snowman craft that boosts skills like tip to tip precision, separation of the sides of the hand, and arch strength. 


If you're looking for another craft idea, then this clothespin snowman craft uses a clothespin clip to really work the muscles of the hand. Move that snowman around and clip him onto bags, coats, and books! 


If you're looking for a fine motor activity for kindergarten kids, then this sight word tic tac toe game is the ticket! Kids can make the game pieces, and move them around to play a game of tic tac toe while strengthening skills like tip to tip grasp, arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, and finger isolation.


For more craft ideas that boost fine motor skills, check out all of these winter bird crafts. You'll find ideas for strengthening the hands and other fine motor skills while making cute bird crafts, bird feeders, and other activities. 


If working on scissor skills is a priority, a paper snowflake is the way to go this winter. But what if you took the paper snowflake up a notch by cutting cupcake liners? This cupcake liner paper snowflake activity boosts hand strength with a pretty result!


Working on pencil grasp? You don't need a pencil! Make this snowflake stamp art and promote the fine motor skills that are needed for a functional grasp: separation of the sides of the hand, arch development, and an open thumb web space for example. This creative winter painting idea has a sensory component, too.



Arctic animals worksheets for working on fine motor skills with kids this winter.


Arctic Animal Fine Motor Worksheets 

To end out the Winter Week here on The OT Toolbox, I wanted to create a few free fine motor worksheets for you. These are arctic animal worksheets that cover a variety of different fine motor abilities:

Play Dough Roll Mat- We've shared some free play dough mats before. They are perfect for developing fine motor skills and hand strength needed for tasks like coloring with endurance, manipulating small items, and holding a pencil. Kids can roll small balls of play dough with just their fingertips to strengthen the intrinsic muscles. This Arctic Animal theme play dough mat can be used all winter long!

Pencil Control Worksheet- Connect the arctic animals and stay on the shaded lines while mastering pencil control. Some of the lines are small and are a great way to strengthen the hands, too.

Arctic Animal Cutting Strips- Work on scissor skills to cut along lines to reach the arctic animal friends. This is a great way to strengthen the motor and visual skills needed for cutting with scissors.

Arctic Animal Clip Cards- Cut out the cards and clip clothespins to match the number on the cards. If you laminate the cards, you can use them over and over again and write on the section below the number. Kids can practice tracing the number and then writing the word for the number. Pinching clothespins onto these cards is a great way to strengthen the hands while incorporating other skills like handwriting.

All four fine motor worksheets are included in this fine motor set and it's totally free! 

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    These fine motor winter activities will keep the kids active and moving all winter long.