10 Winter-Themed Fine Motor Activities
With International Creativity Month coming to a close, we’re shifting focus to fine motor activities. As a NAEYC accredited preschool, we focus our curriculum on providing your child the tools to succeed. Creating activities that increase muscle strength and coordination helps your child develop more advanced skills. Incorporating some of these activities into their at-home daily routine can help in promoting increased muscle memory. That’s why we are sharing our top 10 winter-themed fine motor activities, that we know your little one will love!
Twirling like snow flurries in the wind. This Snowflake Paper Plate Twirler combines winter with a fine motor exercise that teaches your child scissor skills.
MARSHMALLOW LETTER ACTIVITY
You can make letters and name recognition a winter blast with this Marshmallow Name Activity by Fun-a Day. Write the word or name they will be practicing with on construction paper and have them trace out the letters with glue. Once they are done stenciling along with the glue, they can place the marshmallows to finish creating their letters. This fine motor activity will be ready in a jiffy…puff.
SNOWFLAKE COUNTING NECKLACES
Use this snowflake necklace craft as a fun way to combine math and fine motor skills. As your preschooler works through counting out each bead, they’ll be able to practice their numbers and memory skills.
Snack time is a great time for your child to work on their fine motor skills. Your child will enjoy making and eating this pretzel and marshmallow snowflake snack.
FINE MOTOR COUNTING ACTIVITY
Use tongs, tweezers, or bug catchers to turn simple counting activities into exciting fine motor math activities. All you will need for this activity are winter trinkets and a counting mat or practice sheet.
If you happen to have any packing foam in your home, you have one out of the three tools needed for this craft. Your child can gather an understanding of breaking the ice with foam, a toy hammer, and golf tees.
Use this motor activity to help your child practice coordination and muscle memory. Cotton balls, white or iridescent pipe cleaners, and packing peanuts are perfect winter materials to practice cutting pieces both big and small.
Match activities are great for helping your child develop the skills to identify and differentiate. In this craft, you’ll cut out mittens and write out the numbers 1-10 on stickers with dots on separate stickers to match each number. While your child practices matching each number to its dots, they’ll be able to work on developing their visual discrimination skills.
WINTER SUGAR PAINTING
Who knew painting could be so sweet? Using powdered sugar and glitter, your child will be able to make their own sugary snowflakes. You’ll need to draw the snowflakes on construction paper and equip them with a paintbrush for this craft. After that, they’ll be ‘snow happy’ with this fine motor play.
Your little one will have so much fun making this penguin mosaic masterpiece. Cut out white, black, yellow, red, and blue construction paper they can use to arrange their tuxedo friend together. This activity will help your preschooler in understanding how shapes and colors come together to form the objects they know, see and love.