Summer Fine Motor Kit
Printable no-prep Summer fine motor activities and fine motor worksheets designed to build strong hands.
Prevent the “Summer Slide”! Work on fine motor strengthening and handwriting skills this Summer with fun and effective activities.
Kids have been on screen overload more than ever this past year. We are seeing more difficulty with handwriting skills, worse pencil control and dexterity, less practice and opportunities for addressing scissor skills, and much worse fine motor skills than ever before. Kids NEED fine motor skill development and play-based opportunities to thrive!
This print-and-go Summer fine motor kit includes no-prep fine motor activities to help kids develop functional grasp, dexterity, strength, and endurance. Use fun, Summer-themed, fine motor activities so you can help children develop strong fine motor skills in a digital world.
More than ever, kids need the tools to help them build essential fine motor skills so they develop strong and dexterous hands so they can learn, hold & write with a pencil, and play.
This 90 page no-prep packet includes everything you need to guide fine motor skills in face-to-face AND virtual learning. Includes Summer themed activities for hand strength, pinch and grip, dexterity, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, endurance, finger isolation, handwriting, scissor skills, pre-writing skills, and much more.
The Summer Fine Motor Kit is a 90 PAGE PRINTABLE PACKET of fine motor worksheets to develop scissor skills, hand strength, endurance, eye-hand coordination, handwriting, and much more. These print-and-go fine motor worksheets have everything you need for NO-PREP printable therapy activities.
Each activity page addresses fine motor skills such as:
- Endurance Activities
- Pinch and Grip Strength
- Dexterity Activities
- Precision Skills
- Graded Precision Activities
- Pinch and Grip Strength Activities
- Motor Planning Skills
- Arch Development Activities
- Finger Isolation Activities
- Separation of the Sides of the Hand Activities
- Open Thumb Web-Space Activities
- Wrist Extension
- Bilateral Coordination Activities
- Eye-Hand Coordination Activities
- Crossing Midline Activities
- Visual motor Integration
- Visual Perceptual Skills
- Pencil Control
- Functional Pencil Grasp
- Scissor Skills
- Manipulating Small Objects
- Glue Bottle Skills
- Tool Use: hole punch, stapler, push pins, toothpicks, stapler, string, etc.
THE FINE MOTOR KIT INCLUDES:
- Summer Play Dough/Handwriting Mats (3 writing paper styles: single rule, double rule, and highlighted lines)
- Lacing cards
- Color and cut sensory bin cards
- Sea Creature, Summer Play, & Summer Treats Silly Paths (great for pencil control and eye-hand coordination)
- Tracing mazes/ Fine motor mazes
- Symmetry drawing page
- Fine Motor Flip Pages (flip a coin or small object and place them along a path)
- Glue skills pages
- Prewriting shapes sheets
- Toothpick art activities
- Pencil control worksheets/Fine motor placement paths
- Scissor skills activities (simple and complex shapes)
- Sensory bin cards
PLUS, Grab the fine motor kit this week, and get a BONUS packet:
- Summer Memory Card Game -Address scissor skills, pencil control, visual perceptual skills, fine motor work)
- Summer Writing Lists (2 styles of paper)- Address handwriting skills in short, list-style writing prompts with self-check box, and a drawing prompt area
THIS “PRINT-AND-GO” FINE MOTOR ACTIVITY KIT INCLUDES:
Each activity page includes reproducible activities based on Summer themes: summer fruits, ice cream cones, beach, ocean animals, and more.
- Fine Motor Paths- Print and play with these fine motor paths that build must-have fine motor skills. Use to clip paper clips, clothes pins, or place small objects like craft pom poms or mini erasers onto the clip cards using tongs or tweezers, and the fingers! This activity can be used over and over again. Includes finger puppets to trace, too.Extend the activity: Mark the path with pencils or slide into a page protector sheet and use a dry erase marker along the path. Roll play dough into “logs” and place along the path on each fine motor strip.TARGET SKILLS: Hand strength, eye-hand coordination, precision, finger isolation, grasp development, in-hand manipulation, handwriting, pencil control, hand strength, endurance.
- Silly Path Worksheets- Includes 3 versions: sea creatures, summer play, and summer treats. Users can color and cut the small images, glue to a craft stick or clothes pin, and trace along the paths. Or, slide the page into a page protector, and kids can use a pointer finger to trace along the paths. This activity is great for developing eye-hand coordination skills and finger isolation/separation of the sides of the hand. TARGET SKILLS: Finger isolation, separation of the sides of the hand, arch development, eye-hand coordination, pencil control, grasp, hand strength.
- Sea Creatures Fine Motor Paths- Use the fine motor strips for building dexterity and in-hand manipulation skills. Hold several coins (or beads, etc.) and place one item at a time along the starfish path. Extend the activity: Slide the page into a page protector and use a dry erase marker to mark each starfish. Stick stickers along the path. Turn a coin over for each starfish. Move the coin along the path to the end. Color the pictures to connect the baby sea creature to it’s parent. TARGET SKILLS: Find motor dexterity, precision, eye-hand coordination, separation of the sides of the hand, in-hand manipulation.
- Pre-Writing Worksheets- Includes symmetry drawing worksheet and 4 pre-writing shapes tracing worksheets. Kids can work on forming and copying shapes such as a cross, circle, square, and triangle. Includes several worksheets to match summer themed images to the shape, to incorporate more visual perceptual skills and visual motor skill development. Extend the activity: Place beads, play dough, or small items into the shapes and along the dotted lines. Slide worksheets into a page protector to use a dry erase marker or sensory writing materials such as shaving cream, or finger paint. TARGET SKILLS: Handwriting, pre-writing skills, visual motor integration, letter formation, letter size, copying skills, spatial awareness.
- Summer Count & Write Play Dough Mats- Includes: 9 Summer themes: watermelon, fish, ice cream cone, pineapple, boat, palm tree, ice treat, sand castle, and crab. Users can roll a die and use their fingertips to roll that number of small balls of play dough. They can place the small balls onto the play dough mat until all of the circles are filled. Includes a writing space for users to write about that object. Includes three styles of writing lines for each theme: single rule, double rule, and highlighted lines. Extend the activity: Ask users to color in the circles using a crayon or pencil to work on pencil control. Or, place a small object such as crumbled paper, bead, or coin onto each circle. TARGET SKILLS: Pinch and grip strength, arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, dexterity, precision, grasp development, handwriting, eye-hand coordination, open thumb web-space.
- Lacing Cards- Includes circle and square shaped lacing cards with 8 total lacing cards. Extend the activity and clip clothes pins to each shape or attach paper clips to the targets. Thread pipe cleaners or different grades of string to grade the activity easier or harder. TARGET SKILLS: Scissor skills, hand strength, pinch strength, bilateral coordination, graded precision, eye-hand coordination.
- 1-20 Fine Motor Counting Cards- Includes a sun themed counting card for 1-20. Cut out the cards and use them to string beads, clip clothes pins, or count out coins, or other small manipulatives. Use the number cards on the fine motor ten frame number mats. Extend the activity: Use the cards in sensory bins for more motor experiences. TARGET SKILLS: Scissor skills, fine motor strength, eye-hand coordination.
- Summer Fun Fine Motor Ten Frames- Kids can use the number cards to count out small materials like craft pom poms, coins, beads, balls of play dough, etc. to place on each ten frame. Use tongs of tweezers to build hand strength. Includes 4 themed ten frame pages. TARGET SKILLS: Hand strength, precision, dexterity, eye-hand coordination, open thumb web space, grasp and release, separation of the sides of the hand.
- 9 Trace Mazes- Includes finger puppets 8 summer-theme mazes. Use the finger puppets to work on finger isolation, visual tracking, separation of the sides of the hand, and arch development. Place the puppets on finger tip and trace along the mazes. Or, tape them onto a marker and trace the lines, working on visual motor skills and pencil control. Slide the pages into a page protector and trace the path with a dry erase marker. Then place the finger puppet on the pointer finger and erase the marker lines. Extend the activity: Slide the page into a page protector sheet. Trace the lines with a dry erase marker or trace the path with play dough balls or play dough “snakes”. Stick stickers along the paths. Or, place beads, coins, or small manipulative items along the path. TARGET SKILLS: Finger isolation, fine motor precision, separation of the sides of the hand, visual motor skills, pencil control, visual tracking.
- Glue Skills Worksheets- Help kids with precision and graded resistance needed to manage a squeeze glue bottle. Kids can squeeze different sizes of glue spots into the target dots. Includes 2 sheets. Extend the activity: Decorate each dot with a torn scrap of paper or a crumbled piece of paper. TARGET SKILLS: Hand strength, endurance, precision, dexterity, graded resistance, eye-hand coordination.
- 4 Toothpick Art Pages- Includes 8 pictures and words. Place the images on a carpet or large piece of cardboard. Use toothpicks to dot around the outside of the lines on each image to work on precision and tripod grasp. Extend the activity: Use push pins over a cardboard surface. Tape the pictures to a window and trace the outlines with a pencil. TARGET SKILLS: Dexterity, wrist extension, grasp development, arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, hand strength, visual motor skills.
- Color and Cut Cards- Includes two pages of Summer images. Cut along the lines to work on scissor skills. Color in the images to address hand strength and control. Use the cards in sensory bins. These open-ended cards can be used in sensory bins, directed coloring for working memory activities, scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, handwriting tasks, charades, picture copying, and more. TARGET SKILLS: Graded precision, sensory play, spatial concepts, working memory, visual attention, visual memory, motor planning, crossing midline, visual motor integration, pre-writing skills, spatial relations, visual discrimination, visual attention, visual memory, pencil control, visual closure.
- Scissor Skills Activities- Includes: 3 simple shapes cutting pages, 6 complex shapes cutting pages, 4 color and cut scissor puzzles, 5 scissor skills paths along curved and angled lines. TARGET SKILLS: Graded scissor skill accuracy and precision, visual perceptual skills, eye-hand coordination, crossing midline, bilateral coordination.
BONUS THIS WEEK ONLY
BUY NOW, DURING SUMMER WEEK AND GET:
BONUS #1: Summer Writing Lists
28 pages of summer writing lists. Encourage letter formation and accurate, legible handwriting in short, list writing format. This is great for summer because kids can practice in short writing tasks that are motivating and effective. Each sheet includes a drawing prompt to build pencil control and hand skills, and a self-checklist for letter formation, accuracy, spacing, letter size, and line use. Includes 2 styles of lined paper. Use one page each week to work on handwriting skills all summer long and prevent the summer slide when it comes to handwriting skills.
BONUS #2: Summer Memory Game
Memory is a powerful visual motor activity to work on the visual perceptual skills needed for reading and writing: visual memory, visual attention, visual discrimination, form constancy. These skills are lacking when it comes to more and more screen use in kids and we see the results in poor handwriting, poor visual attention in reading, and poor visual memory skills. Use the memory cards in writing prompts, sensory play, and fine motor work, too: Kids can color and cut the memory cards, copying the colors from one sheet to the other to really build visual memory and visual scanning skills. Use the memory cards to work on pinch and grasp development by turning over the cards on carious surfaces: carpet, smooth tables, or cardboard.